United States v. Sanchez, No. 12-20166 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to unlawfully reentering the United States. On appeal, defendant challenged his sentence as procedurally and substantively unreasonable. The court held that the district court committed no procedural error where it weighed defendant's argument for a below-guidelines sentence, but, in light of the totality of the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors, the district court found the defense's points only persuasive enough to warrant a sentence at the guidelines range's low end. The court also held that defendant's sentence was substantively reasonable where the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that a bottom-of-the-guidelines sentence was appropriate in light of concerns that defendant and the government raised. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.