USA v. Marvin Morale


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-51225 Affirmed] Judge: EHJ, Judge: JLW, Judge: EBC. Mandate pull date is 08/29/2017 for Appellant Marvin Kenneth Morales [16-51225]

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Case: 16-51225 Document: 00514107799 Page: 1 Date Filed: 08/08/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 16-51225 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED August 8, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. MARVIN KENNETH MORALES, also known as Miguel Higareda, also known as Jose Ayala, also known as Victor Morales, Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas USDC No. 1:16-CR-172-1 Before JONES, WIENER, and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Defendant-Appellant Marvin Kenneth Morales appeals the aboveguidelines sentence imposed following his guilty plea for illegal reentry into the United States. sentence. He challenges the substantive reasonableness of his “A non-Guidelines sentence unreasonably fails to reflect the statutory sentencing factors set forth in [18 U.S.C.] § 3553(a) where it (1) does 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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: 16-51225 Document: 00514107799 Page: 2 Date Filed: 08/08/2017 No. 16-51225 not account for a factor that should have received significant weight, (2) gives significant weight to an irrelevant or improper factor, or (3) represents a clear error of judgment in balancing the sentencing factors.” United States v. Diehl, 775 F.3d 714, 724 (5th Cir. 2015). “[R]eview for substantive reasonableness is highly deferential.” Id. (internal quotation marks and citations omitted). We review the substantive reasonableness of the sentence for abuse of discretion. See Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 51 (2007). The district court based its above-guidelines sentence on permissible statutory sentencing factors. See § 3553(a). Morales asks, explicitly in part, that we reweigh the § 3553(a) factors, which is not within the scope of our review. See Gall, 552 U.S. at 51. There is no indication that the district court gave improper weight to his history of past offenses or any mitigating factors. See United States v. Lopez-Velasquez, 526 F.3d 804, 807 (5th Cir. 2008). Likewise, the degree of the upward variance here does not render the sentence substantively unreasonable. See United States v. Key, 599 F.3d 469, 475-76 (5th Cir. 2010); United States v. Brantley, 537 F.3d 347, 348-50 (5th Cir. 2008). The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED. 2

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