United States v. Webb, Jr., No. 12-4856 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant pled guilty to a drug offense and subsequently appealed the sentence imposed following the revocation of his supervised release. Although a district court could not impose a revocation sentence based predominately on the seriousness of the releasee's violation or the need for the sentence to promote respect for the law and provide just punishment, the court concluded that mere reference to such considerations did not render a revocation sentence procedurally unreasonable when those factors were relevant to, and considered in conjunction with, the enumerated 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors; because the district court appropriately focused its discussion on the Chapter Seven policy statements in the federal Guidelines manual and based defendant's revocation sentence on factors listed in section 3583(e), the court discerned no error, much less plain error, in the district court's consideration of related factors; and, assuming arguendo, defendant was able to demonstrate that the district court committed plain error, defendant was unable to show that the error affected his substantial rights by influencing the outcome of the revocation hearing. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.