US v. Darryl Southern

Filing 920090622

Download PDF
UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-4991 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. DARRYL MCCORMICK SOUTHERN, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Durham. William L. Osteen, Jr., District Judge. (1:08-cr-00006-WO-1) Submitted: June 18, 2009 Decided: June 22, 2009 Before NIEMEYER, GREGORY, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Louis C. Allen, III, Federal Public Defender, Gregory Davis, Senior Litigator, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for Appellant. Anna Mills Wagoner, United States Attorney, Robert A.J. Lang, Assistant United States Attorney, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Darryl McCormick Southern appeals from his 188-month sentence imposed pursuant to his guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. the decision to run his On appeal, Southern argues that consecutively to the state sentence sentence he was then serving was unreasonable and constituted an abuse of discretion. Under U.S. We affirm. Sentencing Guidelines Manual 5G1.3(c) (2007), the district court possessed the discretion to run the imposed sentence to concurrently, Southern's partially prior concurrently, term or of consecutively imprisonment. undischarged In choosing to run the sentence consecutively, the court considered the undisputed advisory Guidelines range of 180-210 months in prison, the 18 U.S.C. 3553 (2006) sentencing factors, the fact that Southern's undischarged state sentence was the result of a "series" of probation violations, the fact that the state and federal sentences were not related, and Southern's "extensive criminal history." In fact, the court noted that there was a significant argument to be made that an appropriate sentence would require an upward departure from the Guidelines, Southern's but the court age, declined and the to fact so that depart, his given cooperation, sentence would be run consecutively. We find no abuse of discretion and 2 hold that the decision to run Southern's sentence consecutively to his undischarged state sentence was 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 3

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.


Why Is My Information Online?