USA v. Dwayne Johnson
Per Curiam OPINION filed : The decision of the district court is AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Danny J. Boggs, Circuit Judge; John M. Rogers, Circuit Judge and Jane Branstetter Stranch, Circuit Judge.
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File Name: 14a0892n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
DWAYNE A. JOHNSON,
Dec 03, 2014
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF
BEFORE: BOGGS, ROGERS, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM. Dwayne A. Johnson, a federal prisoner, appeals through counsel the
sentence imposed following his guilty plea to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm
Johnson’s guidelines sentence range was calculated in his presentence report at 84 to 105
months of imprisonment. Johnson objected to a four-level increase to his offense level for
possessing the firearm in relation to another felony (trafficking heroin). At the sentencing
hearing, the district court overruled this objection.
sentence at the bottom of the guidelines range.
Counsel for Johnson then asked for a
The district court sentenced Johnson to
On appeal, Johnson contends that this sentence is substantively unreasonable. He appears
to reassert his challenge to the four-level increase to his offense level, but without any supporting
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argument. He also argues that his criminal history was given too much weight because it
consisted mostly of misdemeanors, and he had not had a felony conviction since 2008.
We review a criminal sentence for reasonableness under an abuse-of-discretion standard.
United States v. Jeross, 521 F.3d 562, 569 (6th Cir. 2008). A sentence within the guidelines
range is afforded a rebuttable presumption of reasonableness.
United States v. Brogdon,
503 F.3d 555, 559 (6th Cir. 2007).
Johnson has not rebutted the presumptive reasonableness of the bottom-of-the-guidelines
sentence that his counsel requested. He states in his brief that rote application of the four-level
enhancement for possessing the firearm in connection with another felony overstates the
seriousness of his offense, but he does not otherwise challenge the enhancement. He argues that
he should have received a variance because his criminal history was overstated, but he failed to
raise this argument before the district court. See United States v. Rogers, 769 F.3d 372, 384 (6th
Cir. 2014) (applying plain-error review to issue forfeited in the district court). Nothing Johnson
presents on appeal suggests that a lower sentence was required in this case, see United States v.
Brown, 579 F.3d 672, 687 (6th Cir. 2009), and when a district court adequately explains why it
imposed a sentence within the guidelines range, we do not require the court to explain why it did
not choose an alternative sentence, see United States v. Chiolo, 643 F.3d 177, 185 (6th Cir.
2011). Accordingly, we AFFIRM the district court’s judgment.
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