USA v. Cook

Filing 920090518


Download PDF
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 08-60678 c/w No. 08-60681 Summary Calendar May 18, 2009 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff-Appellee v. GLENN JOSEPH COOK Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi USDC No. 2:96-CR-30-3 Before HIGGINBOTHAM, BARKSDALE, and ELROD, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Glenn Joseph Cook appeals the sentence imposed following the revocation of his supervised release in two cases. Cook argues that the total sentence of 61 months followed by 23 months of supervised release is unreasonable given the Grade C violation of his supervised release and an advisory guideline range of three to nine months of imprisonment. Cook also argues, for the first time on appeal, that the sentence is procedurally unreasonable because the district court Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.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. 08-60678 c/w No. 08-60681 failed to adequately explain its reasons for the sentence and failed to provide written reasons. Therefore, appellate review of that issue is for plain error. See United States v. Lopez-Velasquez, 526 F.3d 804, 806 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 625 (2008). To show plain error, the appellant must show an error that is clear or obvious and that affects his substantial rights; if the appellant makes such a showing, the court has discretion to correct the error and will generally not do so unless it seriously affects the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of judicial proceedings. United States v. Baker, 538 F.3d 324, 332 (5th Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 962 (2009). Cook has not shown that the sentence imposed by the district court upon revocation of his supervised release was unreasonable. Although the sentence exceeded the advisory guidelines range, it did not exceed the statutory maximum sentence that could be imposed upon revocation of supervised release. The district court considered the advisory guideline range, the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors, the arguments of counsel, the nature of the offense, and Cook's history. This court will not reweigh the 3553(a) factors. See United States v. Gall, 128 S. Ct. 586, 597 (2007). The district court provided adequate reasons for the sentence, including that Cook did not comply with the orders given to him by the BOP upon release and that Cook indicated he would not comply with his supervised release terms. In addition, the district court concluded that Cook is a danger to the community, because of his criminal history and events in prison, and because he threatened family members and became involved in altercations with them after his release. The district court further stated the purpose of the incarceration is to ensure the public's safety, to provide an example and rehabilitation, and to provide punishment. Cook has not demonstrated plain error in the district court's procedure, see Baker, 538 F.3d at 332, and the sentence imposed by the district court was neither unreasonable nor plainly 2 No. 08-60678 c/w No. 08-60681 unreasonable. See United States v. Hinson, 429 F.3d 114, 120 (5th Cir. 2005). 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?