USA v. Myron Turman
Per Curiam OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication pursuant to local rule 206. Gilbert S. Merritt, Circuit Judge; Deborah L. Cook, Circuit Judge and Sean F. Cox, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, sitting by designation.
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File Name: 12a0251n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
MYRON KENYATA TURMAN,
Mar 05, 2012
LEONARD GREEN, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
Before: MERRITT and COOK, Circuit Judges; and COX, District Judge*
PER CURIAM. Myron Kenyata Turman appeals the district court’s order denying his
motions to reduce sentence. Finding Turman’s appeal time-barred and meritless, we affirm.
In 2005, Turman pleaded guilty to distributing fifty grams or more of crack cocaine, in
violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Based on his total offense level of 29 and his criminal history
category of V, Turman’s guidelines range of imprisonment was 140 to 175 months. He was subject,
however, to a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 240 months under 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A)
based on the amount of crack cocaine involved in his crime and his prior felony drug conviction.
In 2006, the district court sentenced Turman to 240 months in prison.
The Honorable Sean F. Cox, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of
Michigan, sitting by designation.
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In March 2008, Turman filed a pro se motion to reduce sentence. In December 2008, the
government moved to reduce Turman’s sentence under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 35(b)(2)
based on Turman’s substantial assistance, recommending a sentence of 192 months; Turman did not
oppose the motion. In April 2009, the district court granted the government’s Rule 35 motion and
reduced Turman’s sentence to 192 months. Turman did not appeal that sentence reduction. In 2011,
Turman’s counsel filed a separate motion to reduce sentence based on amendments to the sentencing
guidelines and Turman’s rehabilitation efforts. Construing Turman’s pro se and counseled filings
as motions to reduce sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2)—the only procedurally proper method
for requesting a sentence reduction under the circumstances—the district court denied Turman’s
motions to reduce sentence in May 2011, concluding that his applicable guidelines range had not
been lowered by an amendment to the Sentencing Guidelines and that the Fair Sentencing Act of
2010 did not apply retroactively to Turman’s case. Turman timely appealed from this judgment.
On appeal, Turman argues only that the district court violated the principles set forth in
Pepper v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 1229 (2011), by failing to consider his rehabilitation efforts in
granting the government’s Rule 35 motion. We have difficulty understanding this argument because
the appealed judgment (R. 43) does not (and could not) concern a motion for a sentence
reduction under Rule 35. Yet Turman’s brief unequivocally requests a Pepper remand to correct
a Rule 35 sentence reduction, and the only Rule 35 sentence reduction occurred in April 2009.
(Appellant Br. at 8 (Summary of the Argument) (referring to the “Rule 35(b)(2) motion filed by the
government”), 14 (Relief Sought); see also id. at 5 (Statement of Issues).) We may not review that
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judgment because the time for appeal has long since passed. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(b); United States
v. Dotz, 455 F.3d 644, 647 (6th Cir. 2006).
To the extent that Turman argues that Pepper required the district court to grant his motions
to reduce sentence, he does not present proper grounds for a sentence reduction. After the fourteenday period for correcting clear sentencing errors, see Fed. R. Crim. P. 35(a), Rule 35 does not permit
a criminal defendant to move for a sentence reduction. The district court thus correctly treated
Turman’s motions for sentence reductions under the rubric of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c). That statute
permits a defendant to move for a sentence reduction only if the defendant “has been sentenced to
a term of imprisonment based on a sentencing range that has subsequently been lowered by the
Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 994(o).” 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). While Turman
asserted such a claim before the district court, citing the revised crack cocaine sentencing guidelines,
the briefing supporting this appeal does not dispute the district court’s resolution of that claim and
thus abandons it. E.g., O’Hara v. Brigano, 499 F.3d 492, 498 (6th Cir. 2007); Boyd v. Ford Motor
Co., 948 F.2d 283, 284 (6th Cir.1991).1 Section 3582 does not contemplate the lone claim arguably
Amendments 706 and 711 to the sentencing guidelines reduced the base offense level for
most offenses involving crack cocaine, and the sentencing commission generally has made these
amendments retroactive, U.S.S.G. § 1B1.10(c). The district court nevertheless deemed Horn
ineligible for a sentence reduction under U.S.S.G. § 1B1.10(a)(2)(B) & n.1(A) because of the effect
of a statutory mandatory minimum sentence. We express no opinion on the district court’s
resolution of this issue because Horn abandoned the issue on appeal. We also note that Horn has
filed a new § 3582(c)(2) motion before the district court renewing his request for a sentence
reduction under the revised crack cocaine guidelines, see R. 45; we likewise express no opinion as
to the issues presented in that motion.
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preserved on appeal: the relevance of rehabilitation evidence to a sentence reduction after Pepper.
We therefore affirm the district court’s denial of that claim.
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