United States v. Rodriguez-De La Fuente, No. 16-40043 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty, without a written agreement, to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The district court imposed a within-guidelines sentence of 78 months imprisonment and four years of supervised release. Defendant appealed his sentence. The court concluded that defendant abandoned any right to a safety-valve reduction, and he cannot now argue that the district court erred in failing to apply it. The court also concluded that defendant's sentence is substantively reasonable where he has failed to demonstrate that the district court did not consider a sentencing factor that should have received significant weight, gave significant weight to a factor it should have discounted, or made a clear error of judgment when it balanced the relevant factors. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.