USA v. Elena Richardson
Per Curiam OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Julia Smith Gibbons, Circuit Judge; Raymond M. Kethledge, Circuit Judge and Jane Branstetter Stranch, Circuit Judge.
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File Name: 13a0226n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ELENA MARISOL RICHARDSON,
Mar 05, 2013
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT
COURT FOR THE WESTERN
DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
BEFORE: GIBBONS, KETHLEDGE, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM. Elena Marisol Richardson appeals through counsel the sentence imposed
following her guilty plea to being present in the United States subsequent to deportation following
an aggravated felony conviction.
Richardson, a citizen of Mexico, entered the United States illegally at the age of fourteen.
Her criminal history includes many crimes, several of which were felonies, as well as violations of
probation or parole. In 1990, she was convicted of two counts of delivery of less than fifty grams
of cocaine, an aggravated felony. In 1995, she was convicted of aggravated assault, a violent crime
which raised her offense level. She was deported in 2009, but she immediately returned to the
United States. In 2010, she was convicted in a Michigan state court of first-degree home invasion,
and she was sentenced to five to thirty years of imprisonment.
Richardson’s sentencing guideline range was calculated at 77 to 96 months of imprisonment.
Her attorney filed a sentencing memorandum seeking a lower sentence, attaching letters of
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recommendation from Richardson’s family and friends. At the sentencing hearing, the district court
addressed the arguments raised in Richardson’s sentencing memorandum and rejected them. The
court acknowledged Richardson’s drug problems and recommended that she receive treatment. The
court also discussed the nature of the crime and the sentence’s ability to promote deterrence,
incapacitation, and respect for the law. The court sentenced Richardson to a within-Guidelines
sentence of 84 months of imprisonment. The court rejected Richardson’s request that the sentence
run concurrently with her state sentence, reasoning that a concurrent sentence would undermine
Michigan’s enforcement of its laws, and instead imposed a consecutive sentence.
On appeal, Richardson argues that the district court failed to consider the sentencing factors
other than her criminal history and gave an inadequate explanation for the consecutive sentence.
A criminal sentence is reviewed under an abuse-of-discretion standard for procedural and
substantive reasonableness. United States v. Barahona-Montenegro, 565 F.3d 980, 983 (6th Cir.
2009). A sentence within the Guidelines range is presumed substantively reasonable. United States
v. Vonner, 516 F.3d 382, 389 (6th Cir. 2008) (en banc). A sentence may be both procedurally and
substantively unreasonable where the district court fails to consider the relevant sentencing factors.
United States v. Camacho-Arellano, 614 F.3d 244, 247 n.1 (6th Cir. 2010).
Richardson’s argument, the record in this case shows that the district court considered other
sentencing factors in addition to her criminal history. Where the sentence imposed is within the
Guidelines range, a short explanation of the sentence is adequate where the record shows that the
defendant’s arguments and evidence were considered. See United States v. Lapsins, 570 F.3d 758,
774 (6th Cir. 2009). Here, the district court addressed the arguments and evidence submitted in
Richardson’s sentencing memorandum.
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Finally, Richardson argues that the district court’s explanation for imposing a consecutive
sentence was inadequate. A consecutive sentence will be affirmed where it is imposed to provide
an appropriate incremental penalty and the court makes its rationale “generally clear.” United States
v. Owens, 159 F.3d 221, 230 (6th Cir. 1998). In this case, the district court explained that a
concurrent sentence would undermine Michigan’s enforcement of its laws. This was an adequate
explanation for the imposition of a consecutive sentence.
Accordingly, we find no abuse of discretion and affirm the district court’s judgment.
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