United States v. Rios, No. 20-1146 (8th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 157 month sentence for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The court affirmed the denial of safety-valve relief to defendant because the record amply supports the district court's finding that defendant failed to provide complete and truthful information. The court also concluded that defendant's 157-month sentence—a 53-month downward variance from the Guidelines range—is substantively reasonable. In this case, the sentence reflects full compliance with the applicable sentencing statutes and Guidelines provisions, taking into account the specific characteristics of this defendant, the circumstances, and nature of the offense. Therefore, the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing defendant.