US v. Griffin

Filing 920070709

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 06-4981 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus NICHOLAS SHAMAR GRIFFIN, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Wilmington. James C. Fox, Senior District Judge. (7:03-cr-00103-F) Submitted: May 30, 2007 Decided: July 9, 2007 Before MICHAEL and SHEDD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Geoffrey W. Hosford, HOSFORD & HOSFORD, P.L.L.C., Wilmington, North Carolina, for Appellant. George E. B. Holding, United States Attorney, Anne M. Hayes, Jennifer May-Parker, Assistant United States Attorneys, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Nicholas Shamar Griffin was convicted by a jury of possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of crack cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and was sentenced to a total term of 246 months imprisonment. 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 18 U.S.C. 924(c), 922(g)(1) (2000). See We affirmed Griffin's conviction but vacated his sentence and remanded for re-sentencing consistent with United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005). See United States v. Griffin, No. 04-4536 (Apr. 12, 2006) (unpublished). On remand, the district court conducted a re-sentencing hearing and determined that Griffin's total offense level remained at 32; with a criminal history category V, the resulting guideline range remained at 188 to 235 months on count one, five years to life on count two (consecutive), and 120 months on count three. The district court imposed a 186-month sentence as to count one, a consecutive 60-month sentence as to count two, and a concurrent 120-month sentence on count three, totaling 246 months.* a timely appeal. He noted The court departed slightly below the guidelines range, by two months, to account for time served in state custody. See U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual, 5G1.3, comment. (n. 4), 5K2.23 (2003). - 2 - * Griffin argues on appeal that the sentence imposed by the district court was unreasonable because the court did not adequately consider the factors set forth in 18 U.S.C.A. 3553(a) (West 2000 & Supp. 2006), and because the court treated the advisory guidelines as if they were mandatory. We disagree. In a post-Booker sentencing, the district court must calculate the appropriate guideline range, consider the range in conjunction with other relevant factors under the guidelines and 3553(a), and impose a sentence. United States v. Green, 436 F.3d The 449, 455-56 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 2309 (2006). district court's sentence is reviewed for reasonableness. States v. Hughes, 401 F.3d 540, 546 (4th Cir. 2005). United This court has held that "a sentence within the proper advisory Guidelines range is presumptively reasonable." F.3d 339, 341 (4th Cir. 2006). We find that, in resentencing Griffin, the district court complied with the decisions in Booker and Hughes. The court heard The United States v. Johnson, 445 argument from both parties regarding an appropriate sentence. court stated by that the it had "calculated sentencing the imprisonment . . range . and prescribed advisory guidelines. considered that range as well as other relevant factors set forth in the advisory sentencing guidelines and those set forth in [ 3553(a)]". The court also stated that it had imposed a "sentence at the bottom of the range because all aggravating - 3 - factors have been taken into consideration in determining the advisory guideline imprisonment range and because of the mandatory consecutive sentence required in count two." argument regarding Griffin's inability to And, after hearing pay the previously imposed $12,200 fine, the court struck the fine from the judgment. Contrary to Griffin's argument, the district court explicitly stated that it considered the guidelines as advisory. Although the district court did not recite facts to support each 3553(a) factor, the court need not "robotically tick through 3553(a)'s every subsection" or "explicitly discuss every 3553(a) factor on the record." Johnson, 445 F.3d at 345. We therefore conclude that Griffin's sentence is reasonable. Accordingly, we affirm. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED - 4 -

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