United States v. O'Brien, No. 15-1961 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed by the district court in connection with Defendant’s convictions of securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud. On appeal, Defendant challenged her sentence on both procedural and substantive grounds. The First Circuit held (1) the district court’s imposition of a two-level obstruction of justice enhancement and a two-level vulnerable victim enhancement was not an abuse of discretion; and (2) under the undisputed facts of this case, the length of Defendant’s bottom-of-the-guidelines sentence fell well within the possibilities of reasonable sentences.