United States v. Gonzalez, No. 18-1597 (1st Cir. 2020)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's federal drug-trafficking conviction and his twenty-year mandatory minimum recidivist sentence, holding that Defendant's claims on appeal lacked merit.
A federal grand jury sitting in the District of New Hampshire indicted Defendant on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the conspiracy charge. The district court imposed a twenty-year mandatory minimum recidivist term of immurement. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Defendant was not entitled to a new trial because one of the seated jurors was not a New Hampshire resident; and (2) Defendant's claims of sentencing error were unavailing.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on February 18, 2020.