United States v. Cheng, No. 16-1144 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to six counts of a ten-count indictment, including conspiracy to commit export violations, conspiracy to smuggle goods, and four counts of unlawfully exporting U.S. goods to Iran through the People’s Republic of China. The district court imposed a sentence of 108 months, the upper end of the Guidelines sentencing range. Defendant appealed, arguing that his 108-month incarcerative sentence was unreasonable. Defendant made three different arguments in support of his claim. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that, under the circumstances of this case, imposition of the 108-month sentence was not substantively unreasonable.