USA v. Gevoy Jone
OPINION filed: REMANDED for re-sentencing, decision not for publication pursuant to local rule 206. Cornelia G. Kennedy, (authoring); Boyce F. Martin , Jr. and Jane Branstetter Stranch, Circuit Judges. [10-4569, 10-4574]
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File Name: 11a0833n.06
No. 10-4569 & 10-4574
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Dec 12, 2011
LEONARD GREEN, Clerk
UNITED STATES of AMERICA,
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF
BEFORE: KENNEDY, MARTIN, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
CORNELIA G. KENNEDY, Circuit Judge. In May 2009, Defendant-Appellee/CrossAppellant, Gevoy Jones (“Jones” or “Defendant”), was indicted on seven counts including two for
drug trafficking more than fifty grams of crack cocaine and possession of firearms in furtherance of
a drug-trafficking crime. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to those two charges
in November 2009. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining five counts against Defendant were
dismissed. Based on this Court’s interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1) in United States v. Almany,
598 F.3d 238 (6th Cir. 2010), the district court sentenced Defendant to concurrent prison terms of
124 months for the drug-trafficking charge and 1 day for the firearm offense.
The United States government appeals, alleging that the district court erred in its application
of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1) at sentencing. The government argues that the United States Supreme
Court’s ruling in Abbott v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 18 (2010) explicitly rejected the district court’s
interpretation that the statute did not require imposing an additional five-year sentence for carrying
or possessing a firearm in connection with any crime of violence or drug-trafficking crime when the
predicate offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence that is greater than five years.
Defendant concedes that Abbott requires us to remand for re-sentencing to impose a
mandatory minimum five-year consecutive term under § 924(c)(1). Defendant, however, also crossappeals, claiming that under the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, he is subject to a five-year minimum
penalty for his crack-cocaine offense instead of a ten-year minimum sentence that was presumed at
his original sentencing hearing. Although the government originally contested Defendant’s crossappeal, in a letter to this Court dated July 20, 2011, the United States changed its position and
advised the Court that the government now agrees with Defendant that he should be subject to a fiveyear mandatory minimum penalty at re-sentencing.
Since each party has conceded its opponent’s position, there is no issue for us to decide and
we REMAND this case for re-sentencing.
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