United States v. Santini-Santiago, No. 15-1605 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Appellant pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Appellant to thirty-six months’ imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. The applicable sentencing guidelines range recommended a term of imprisonment of twelve to eighteen months. The First Circuit affirmed Appellant’s sentence, holding (1) the district court did not obviously violate Fed. R. Crim. P. 32(h) when it decided to impose a sentence above the guidelines sentencing range, nor did the manner in which it proceeded affect Appellant’s substantial rights; (2) the district court’s decision to impose a sentence of thirty-six months’ imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release was not unreasonable; and (3) Appellant waived his argument that judicial bias warranted recusal.