USA v. Damon Hall


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-11418 Affirmed] Judge: WED, Judge: EBC, Judge: GJC. Mandate pull date is 10/25/2017 for Appellant Damon Hall [16-11418]

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Case: 16-11418 Document: 00514182756 Page: 1 Date Filed: 10/04/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 16-11418 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED October 4, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. DAMON HALL, Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas USDC No. 4:16-CR-82-1 Before DAVIS, CLEMENT, and COSTA, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Damon Hall appeals the 175-month prison sentence that he received for his guilty plea conviction of possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He argues, as he did in the district court, that his prior Texas convictions for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance do not support the career offender guideline enhancement. The Government correctly concedes that the district court erred in light of United States v. Tanksley, 848 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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. * Case: 16-11418 Document: 00514182756 Page: 2 Date Filed: 10/04/2017 No. 16-11418 F.3d 347 (5th Cir.), supplemented by 854 F.3d 284 (5th Cir. 2017), but the Government contends that the error was harmless. The Government points to part of the sentencing transcript in which Hall identified the correct range and in which the district court explained that it would give the same sentence regardless of whether the career offender enhancement applied. See United States v. Guzman-Rendon, 864 F.3d 409, 411 (5th Cir. 2017). Moreover, the Government convincingly demonstrates (1) that the district court would have imposed the same sentence had it not made the error, and (2) that it would have done so for the same reasons it gave at the prior sentencing. See id. When the district court explained that it would have imposed the same sentence either way, it pointed to the serious nature of the offense, including the danger posed by Hall dealing drugs (in this case and previously) in an apartment area; the under-representation of Hall’s criminal history; and, as mitigating factors, Hall’s contrition and his family support. AFFIRMED. 2

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