United States v. Stile, No. 15-1720 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to robbery of a controlled substance from a pharmacy by use of a dangerous weapon. After conducting a sentencing hearing, the district court sentenced Defendant to 120 months’ imprisonment. Defendant appealed, arguing that his sentence was both procedurally and substantively unreasonable. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err in applying a two-level enhancement, the basis of which was a finding of obstruction of justice; (2) the district court provided sufficient support for finding that Defendant failed to establish that this was a case where an acceptance of responsibility reduction should be granted to a defendant who has obstructed the government’s efforts to prosecute him; and (3) the sentencing court gave the evidence of Defendant’s drug addiction the weight and effect that Defendant claimed it warranted; and (4) the duration of Defendant’s sentence was not substantively unreasonable.