United States v. Parks, No. 15-11618 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
After defendant admitted to violating his conditions of supervised release, the district court sentenced defendant to the statutory maximum sentence of 60 months in prison. The court held that 18 U.S.C. 3553(c)(2) applied to defendant's sentencing hearing and reviewed the claim de novo under the general United States v. Vandergrift rule. The court held that the district court failed to comply with section 3553(c)(2) because the district court failed to give sufficiently specific reasons for his non-guideline sentence. Accordingly, the court vacated and remanded for resentencing.