US v. Michael Garnett

Filing 920081222

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-4254 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. MICHAEL TRACY GARNETT, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, at Charleston. John T. Copenhaver, Jr., District Judge (2:07-cr-00146-1) Submitted: December 16, 2008 Decided: December 22, 2008 Before WILKINSON, MICHAEL, and KING, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Mark L. French, CRISWELL & FRENCH, PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia, for Appellant. Charles T. Miller, United States Attorney, Lisa G. Johnston, Assistant United States Attorney, Huntington, West Virginia, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Michael Tracy Garnett pled guilty to possession of a dangerous weapon in a federal facility, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 930(b) (2006). The district court sentenced Garnett to thirty months of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Garnett contends on appeal that the district court clearly erred in denying a reduction in sentence for acceptance of responsibility, pursuant to U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual 3E1.1 (2007). we affirm. A district court's determination as to the defendant's acceptance of responsibility is a factual question reviewed for clear error. 1999). The United States v. Ruhe, 191 F.3d 376, 388 (4th Cir. burden of the is on the defendant that he to is establish entitled to by a Finding no reversible error, preponderance adjustment. evidence the United States v. Urrego-Linares, 879 F.2d 1234, A guilty plea does not automatically a reduction for acceptance of 1238-39 (4th Cir. 1989). entitle a defendant to responsibility. See USSG 3E1.1, comment. (n.3). A defendant may not be entitled to a sentencing adjustment for acceptance of responsibility if the defendant engages in conduct inconsistent with acceptance of responsibility. Id. In this case, the district court found by a preponderance of evidence that Garnett obstructed justice in unsuccessfully attempting to influence his 2 wife to testify falsely and that Garnett gave false testimony at sentencing in that regard. We find no clear error in the district court's conclusion that Garnett's conduct after he pled guilty was inconsistent with acceptance of responsibility. Accordingly, dispense with oral we affirm Garnett's the sentence. facts and We legal argument because contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED 3

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