United States v. Ford, No. 20-1573 (8th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering. The court held that the district court did not err in imposing a four-level increase under USSG 3B1.1 for a leadership or organizer role in the offense and a two-level increase under USSG 2D1.1(b)(16)E) for committing the drug offenses as part of a pattern of criminal conduct engaged in as a livelihood. The court also held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying defendant's motion for a downward departure and by imposing a substantively unreasonable sentence. In this case, the district court thoroughly discussed the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) sentencing factors.