United States v. Williams, No. 19-1753 (8th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to reduce his sentence under the First Step Act, holding that section 404 of the Act does not require a hearing on the motion. Therefore, the district court can conduct a complete review without a hearing, as the district court did in this case. The court also held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by improperly weighing the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors. Rather, the district court considered defendant's post sentence rehabilitation and arguments for a sentence reduction, and had a reasoned basis for rejecting them.