United States v. Cortez-Vergara, No. 16-1342 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence of 108 months’ incarceration, holding that there was no abuse of discretion.
Defendant pled guilty to maritime drug and conspiracy offenses. The district court sentenced Defendant to a bottom-of-the-range guidelines sentence of 108 months’ incarceration. Defendant appealed, arguing that the sentencing court erred in not granting him a minor role adjustment under U.S.S.G. 3B1.2(b). The First Circuit rejected Defendant’s argument, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it declined to assign Defendant to a two-level downward minor role adjustment under U.S.S.G. 3B1.2(b).
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on October 27, 2017.