USA v. Kenneth Randle, No. 11-20565 (5th Cir. 2013)

Annotate this Case
Download PDF
Case: 11-20565 Document: 00512181129 Page: 1 Date Filed: 03/20/2013 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 11-20565 Summary Calendar March 20, 2013 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. KENNETH RAY RANDLE, Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas USDC No. 4:10-CR-788-4 Before SMITH, PRADO, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges: PER CURIAM:* Kenneth Ray Randle pled guilty to aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery. He appeals the district court s within-guidelines sentence of 135 months imprisonment and four years of supervised release. He asserts that the district court erred in applying a four-level enhancement for abduction pursuant to U.S.S.G. ยง 2B3.1(b)(4)(A). He contends that moving a bank employee from the lobby area to the vault area of the bank does not constitute abduction. He adds that the enhancement should not apply unless there is forced movement which * Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. Case: 11-20565 Document: 00512181129 Page: 2 Date Filed: 03/20/2013 No. 11-20565 creates a greater risk of harm to the victim than any conduct which would occur in the ordinary course of a robbery . . . whether or not any victim is physically restrained at the robbery scene. Randle has not shown that the district court committed error, plain or otherwise, in applying the abduction enhancement in this case. Consistent with our holding in the appeals of Randle s co-defendants, the district court was correct in applying the enhancement because the robbers forced the tellers to move at gunpoint from the teller area to the vault area, enabling the robbers to commit the offense. See United States v. Washington, Nos. 11-20563, 11-20564, 11-20567, 2012 WL 6098021, at *5 (5th Cir. Dec. 10, 2012) ( The forced movement of a bank employee from one room of a bank to another so long as it is in aid of commission of the offense or to facilitate escape is sufficient to support the enhancement given the flexible approach we have adopted in this circuit. ); see also United States v. Johnson, 619 F.3d 469, 472-74 (5th Cir. 2010) (finding there to be an abduction even though the victim remained within a single building ). AFFIRMED. 2
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.