United States v. Matos-De-Jesus, No. 16-1695 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Appellant entered a straight guilty plea to possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of machine guns for possessing two seized firearms. The sentencing court considered the second firearm as an aggravating factor in imposing an upwardly variant sentence of seventy-two months. Appellant challenged his sentence on appeal. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err in taking the second gun into account as part of the factors to be considered at sentencing; (2) the sentencing court adequately explained its reasons for imposing the upward variance; and (3) Defendant’s seventy-two-month sentence did not fall outside the expansive universe of substantively reasonable sentences.