Dorsey v. USA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the stay in this case is lifted. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion to vacate, set aside or correct sentence 1 is denied. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall docket a copy of this Memorandum and Order in Dorseys Criminal Case No. 4:02CR506 CDP. A separate judgment in accord with this order is entered today. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on June 6, 2017. (MCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 4:16 CV 1016 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
In June of 2004 Willie Dorsey pleaded guilty to four drug trafficking-related
counts and one count of assault on a deputy U.S. Marshal. Because of his prior
convictions, he qualified as a career offender under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(a)(2).
Because of the career offender guidelines, he had a total offense level of 34 and a
criminal history category of VI. His sentencing guidelines range was 262 to 327
months. On August 20, 2004, I sentenced him to 262 months on the four drug
counts and 240 months on the assault count, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Case No. 4:02CR506 CDP.
After the United States Supreme Court decided Johnson v. United States,
135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015), Dorsey filed a Motion to Correct Sentence Under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255, arguing that under Johnson he should no longer be considered a career
offender. In Johnson the Supreme Court held that the “residual clause” of the
Armed Career Criminal Act was unconstitutionally vague, and Dorsey, like many
others, argued that the same analysis should apply to crimes of violence under the
career offender sentencing guidelines. More recently, however, in Beckles v.
United States, 137 S.Ct. 886 (2017), the Supreme Court held that the United States
Sentencing Guidelines could not be challenged on void for vagueness grounds.
I previously stayed this case pending the decision in Beckles. Given that
Beckles has now been decided and makes it clear that Dorsey has no basis for
relief, I will lift the stay and deny the Motion to Vacate.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the stay in this case is lifted.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion to vacate, set aside or correct
sentence  is denied.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall docket a copy
of this Memorandum and Order in Dorsey’s Criminal Case No. 4:02CR506 CDP.
A separate judgment in accord with this order is entered today.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 6th day of June, 2017.
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