USA v. Randy Bragg


Opinion issued by court as to Appellant Randy Bernard Bragg. Decision: Vacated and Remanded. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link

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Case: 17-11913 Date Filed: 08/04/2017 Page: 1 of 2 [DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT _______________________ No. 17-11913 Non-Argument Calendar _______________________ D.C. Docket No. 5:00-cr-00037-LJA-CHW-1 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff – Appellee, versus RANDY BERNARD BRAGG, Defendant – Appellant. _______________________ Appeals from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia _______________________ (August 4, 2017) Before MARCUS, JORDAN, and JILL PRYOR, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Following the Surpeme Court’s decision in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), the district court vacated Randy Bragg’s 210-month sentence, Case: 17-11913 Date Filed: 08/04/2017 Page: 2 of 2 which had been imposed under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e). Because the ACCA no longer applied to Mr. Bragg, his maximum statutory sentence for violating 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) was 10 years, and his advisory guideline range was 57-71 months. By the time of the resentencing hearing, Mr. Bragg had served approximately 198 months in prison – 78 months more than his maximum 10-year sentence. So both Mr. Bragg and the government asked the district court to impose a sentence at or below the 10-year maximum. The government told the district court that a sentence of time served (i.e., 198 months) would be illegal because it would exceed the 10-year maximum. The district court varied upward and imposed a sentence of time served. Because Mr. Bragg had served approximately 198 months in prison, the timeserved sentence exceeded the 10-year maximum and constituted reversible error. We therefore vacate Mr. Bragg’s sentence and remand for resentencing. See, e.g., United States v. Sanchez, 586 F.3d 918, 930 (11th Cir. 2009) (holding that sentence exceeding statutory maximum constituted plain error and required vacator). The district court shall impose a sentence at or below the 10-year statutory maximum. VACATED AND REMANDED. 2

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