US v. John Onley
UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. JOHN D. ONLEY, a/k/a Jamal, Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, at Martinsburg. John Preston Bailey, Chief District Judge. (3:06-cr-00062-JPB-JES-1)
February 25, 2009
March 17, 2009
Before WILKINSON, MICHAEL, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
G. Godwin Oyewole, Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Sharon L. Potter, United States Attorney, Thomas O. Mucklow, Assistant United States Attorney, Martinsburg, West Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
PER CURIAM: John D. Onley pleaded guilty to three counts of
distribution of crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Onley objected to the
relevant conduct drug amount as calculated in the presentence report. At sentencing, Onley testified regarding his relevant
conduct and the Government presented evidence in support of the probation officer's findings. The district court adopted the
relevant conduct drug amount as set forth in the presentence report, finding Onley's testimony to be "patently incredible." The district court declined to apply a downward adjustment for acceptance of responsibility on account of its determination
that Onley's testimony was untruthful. Onley's resulting advisory guideline range was between 108 and 135 months' imprisonment. forth at 18 The court § considered 3553(a) the
particularly remarking on Onley's history and characteristics, § 3553(a)(1), appeals, and imposed that a the sentence of 108 court months. ignored Onley the
"reasonableness" standard mandated under Gall v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 586, 594-95, 597 (2007), failed to fully consider the § 3553(a) factors, and erred in denying a reduction for
acceptance of responsibility.
We review a federal sentence for reasonableness, under an abuse-of-discretion standard. This review requires appellate Gall, 128 S. Ct. at 594, 597. consideration of both the
procedural and substantive reasonableness of a sentence. 597. may
A sentence within the properly calculated guideline range be afforded an appellate presumption of reasonableness.
Rita v. United States, 551 U.S. 338, ___, 127 S. Ct. 2456, 2459, 2462 (2007). Onley's 108-month sentence, which falls at the lowest end of his the guideline district with range, court the is presumptively reasonable. that the have
considered and We
consistently held that while a district court must consider the statutory factors and explain its sentence, it need not
explicitly reference § 3553(a) or discuss every factor on the record, particularly when the court imposes a sentence within a properly calculated guideline range. 445 F.3d 339, 345 (4th Cir. 2006). court's explanation in light for of the United States v. Johnson,
In this regard, the district imposed denials did not was sufficient. his in See
sentence false court
regarding clearly err
denying an adjustment for acceptance of responsibility. U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual 3 § 3E1.1, comment.
(2007) (a defendant who falsely denies or frivolously contests his relevant conduct has "acted in a manner inconsistent with acceptance of responsibility."). In reasonable sum, and we conclude the that the court sentence did not imposed abuse is its We
discretion in sentencing Onley to 108 months in prison. accordingly affirm. facts and legal before
We dispense with oral argument because the are and adequately argument presented not in aid the the
contentions the court
decisional process. AFFIRMED
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