United States v. Roman-Huertas, No. 15-2109 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant’s plea agreement recommended a total offense level under the U.S. Sentencing guidelines of seventeen. Defendant objected to the recommended total offense level, arguing that it should instead be twelve under the Guidelines. Relying on an untranslated Spanish document, the district court concluded that Defendant’s total offense level was seventeen. The district court proceeded to sentence Defendant to forty-six months’ imprisonment even though the Guidelines’ recommended sentence was twenty-seven to thirty-three months in prison. The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s sentence and remanded for resentencing, holding that the district court erred in relying on an untranslated document in calculating Defendant’s offense level.