United States v. Ranjel, No. 15-3778 (7th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
In 2002 Ranjel was indicted for participating in a Latin Kings drug-trafficking conspiracy in Aurora, Illinois. He fled to Mexico and remained there for nearly a decade. He surrendered in 2011. A jury later convicted him of conspiracy and related drug crimes. The district judge imposed a sentence of 235 months in prison followed by a five-year term of supervised release. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, rejecting claims of sentencing error that the judge miscalculated the drug quantity; misapplied a guidelines enhancement for his role as a manager or supervisor in the conspiracy; misapplied a guidelines enhancement for obstruction of justice; and erroneously considered evidence of his involvement in a gang-related murder.