United States v. Rentas-Muniz, No. 15-2275 (1st Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to a 202-month term of immurement on the charge of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and to a sixty-month term of immurement on the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and stipulating that those prison terms would run consecutive to one another and to the undischarged portions of multiple Puerto Rico sentences that Defendant was then serving. On appeal, Defendant primarily challenged the district court’s determination to run the federal sentences consecutive to the Puerto Rico sentences previously imposed. The First Circuit held (1) the district court’s decision to impose a consecutive sentence was not an abuse of discretion; and (2) Defendant’s claim that running the federal drug-conspiracy sentence consecutive to the state sentences rendered the federal sentence substantively unreasonable was unproven.