USA v. Sanchez-Sanchez

Filing 920090416

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 08-50704 Summary Calendar April 16, 2009 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff-Appellee v. JOSE SANCHEZ-SANCHEZ, also known as Francisco Ruiz-Vidal Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas USDC No. 3:08-CR-318-ALL Before REAVLEY, DAVIS, and ELROD, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Jose Sanchez-Sanchez (Sanchez) appeals the 27-month sentence imposed following his guilty plea conviction for illegal reentry. He contends that this sentence was greater than necessary to meet the sentencing objectives in 18 U.S.C. 3553(a). Sanchez asserts that the application of U.S.S.G. 2L1.2 overstated the risk of recidivism and the risk of danger posed by his illegal reentry offense, that he did not pose a danger to others, and that there were Pursuant to 5 TH C IR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5 TH C IR. R. 47.5.4. * No. 08-50704 mitigating circumstances to his offense because he had sought employment in the United States to help his wife, who was ill. Following United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), we review sentences for reasonableness in light of the sentencing factors in 3553(a). See United States v. Mares, 402 F.3d 511, 519-20 (5th Cir. 2005). A sentence imposed within the properly calculated guidelines range is entitled to a presumption of reasonableness. United States v. Alonzo, 435 F.3d 551, 554 (5th Cir. 2006); see Rita v. United States, 551 U.S. 338, 127 S. Ct. 2456, 2462 (2007) (allowing, but not requiring, such a presumption). Assuming, arguendo, that Sanchez preserved his arguments, we review for an abuse of discretion. See Gall v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 586, 597 (2007). The district court considered the circumstances of Sanchez's offense, as well as his arguments regarding the use of his prior offense in calculating the advisory guidelines range. The court pointed to the seriousness of Sanchez's prior offense, as well as the fact that he had admitted to using cocaine and had used different birth dates and aliases. Noting that Sanchez had been removed from the country on two prior occasions, the court expressed concern that although Sanchez said that he had come to the United States to work, he seemed to end up "getting into trouble." The sentence imposed by the district court was at the bottom of the advisory guidelines range. Sanchez has not overcome the presumption of reasonableness or shown that the district court abused its discretion in imposing this sentence. See United States v. Campos-Maldonado, 531 F.3d 337, 339 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 328 (2008); Alonzo, 435 F.3d at 554. AFFIRMED. 2

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