United States v. McManus, No. 12-4901 (4th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his sentence after pleading guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography. The court concluded that the district court improperly applied the five-level sentencing enhancement under U.S.S.G. 2G2.(b)(3)(B), which resulted in improper calculation of defendant's sentencing range. The court declined to adopt the Government's proposed reciprocity rule by applying the enhancement to every Gigatribe distribution offense absent any evidence of the particular defendant's state of mind. The district court's reliance on an improperly calculated sentencing range constituted significant procedural error and the error was not harmless. Accordingly, the court vacated and remanded for resentencing.