US v. Cheaser Antonio Grant
Case reopened upon grant of rehearing/rehearing en banc. Originating case number: 8:06-cr-00515-HMH-1. [17-4276]
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ON PETITION FOR REHEARING
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
CHEASER ANTONIO GRANT,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at
Anderson. Henry M. Herlong, Jr., Senior District Judge. (8:06-cr-00515-HMH-1)
Submitted: April 2, 2018
Decided: April 13, 2018
Before WILKINSON, MOTZ, and KING, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Lora Blanchard, Assistant Federal Public Defender, OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL
PUBLIC DEFENDER, Greenville, South Carolina, for Appellant. Beth Drake, Acting
United States Attorney, A. Lance Crick, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF
THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Greenville, South Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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In 2017, the district court revoked Cheaser Antonio Grant’s supervised release and
imposed a 48-month sentence of imprisonment. Grant appealed and challenged his
sentence, contending that it was plainly unreasonable because the district court did not
sufficiently explain its reasoning.
“A district court has broad discretion when imposing a sentence upon revocation
of supervised release.” United States v. Webb, 738 F.3d 638, 640 (4th Cir. 2013). “We
will affirm a revocation sentence if it is within the statutory maximum and is not ‘plainly
unreasonable.’” Id. (quoting United States v. Crudup, 461 F.3d 433, 438 (4th Cir. 2006)).
“When reviewing whether a revocation sentence is plainly unreasonable, we must first
determine whether it is unreasonable at all.” United States v. Thompson, 595 F.3d 544,
546 (4th Cir. 2010). A revocation sentence is procedurally reasonable if the district court
adequately explains the sentence after considering the Sentencing Guidelines’ Chapter
Seven policy statements and the applicable 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) (2012) factors. See 18
U.S.C. § 3583(e) (2012); Thompson, 595 F.3d at 546-47.
Grant also contends that the district court sentenced him in excess of the
mandatory statutory maximum. * The Government responds and requests that we remand
the case for resentencing; Grant’s counsel consents.
Upon consideration of the
Grant raised this issue, not in his appellate brief but in a petition for rehearing
filed after our initial opinion issued. While we would not normally entertain a new claim
raised on rehearing, we do so on this issue because it involves a sentence imposed beyond
the statutory maximum. We grant the petition for rehearing and deny rehearing en banc.
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contentions and materials submitted, we affirm the district court’s judgment revoking
supervised release, vacate Grant’s sentence on revocation, grant the joint motion to
remand, and remand to the district court for resentencing. In view of this decision, we
need not address Grant’s claim that the district court failed to sufficiently explain the
sentence. The mandate in this case shall issue forthwith.
We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are
adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
AFFIRMED IN PART, VACATED IN PART,
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