USA v. Roberson

Filing 920081210

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED No. 08-50339 Conference Calendar December 10, 2008 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff-Appellee v. NICHOLAS QUANTEL ROBERSON Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas USDC No. 6:05-CR-126-ALL Before DAVIS, WIENER, and PRADO, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Nicholas Quantel Roberson, federal prisoner # 56146-180, appeals the denial of his 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) motion for reduction of the 240-month sentence he is serving following his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. Roberson argues pursuant to U.S.S.G. 1B1.10 and Amendment 706 to the Sentencing Guidelines that he is Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * No. 08-50339 entitled to resentencing. We review the district court's ruling for abuse of discretion. United States v. Townsend, 55 F.3d 168, 170 (5th Cir. 1995). In the circumstance where a prisoner's guidelines range has subsequently been lowered as a result of a listed amendment to the Guidelines Manual, the court may reduce the term of imprisonment pursuant to 3582(c)(2) only if such a reduction is consistent with policy statement 1B1.10. 1B1.10(a). Amendment 706 is listed as a "covered amendment," see 1B1.10(c); however, "[e]ligibility for consideration under [ 3582(c)(2)] is triggered only by an amendment . . . that lowers the applicable guideline range." 1B1.10, cmt. (n.1). Based upon his guilty plea in the instant case to possession of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and, additionally, the penalty enhancement he received for his 2002 Texas felony drug offense, Roberson faced a mandatory minimum 20-year term of imprisonment. See 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A)(iii). A guidelines sentence may not be imposed that is less than the statutorily required minimum sentence. 5G1.1(c)(2). The guidelines amendment would therefore not have the effect of lowering his applicable guidelines range, and the district court's denial of his motion was not an abuse of discretion. Cf. United States v. Pardue, 36 F.3d 429, 431 (5th Cir. 1994). AFFIRMED. 2

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