United States v. Copeland, No. 11-4654 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to distributing five or more grams of crack cocaine. On appeal, defendant argued that the district court incorrectly calculated the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range and imposed an "illegal" and substantively unreasonable sentence. Defendant also contended that the district court's denial of his motion to continue his sentencing hearing was an abuse of discretion. The court granted the government's motion to dismiss with regard to the sentencing issues that fell within the scope of defendant's valid appeal waiver and affirmed as to his contentions regarding the continuance where the district court's denial was neither unreasonable nor arbitrary.