United States v. Pineda

Woman sells a little over a gram of heroin to a confidential informant, pleads guilty to distribution. She’s deemed a career offender and sentenced to 14 years in the slammer. Too much? Nah, that’s fine, says the Sixth Circuit. Judge Stranch, concurring: If she hadn’t been deemed a career offender, she would have been sentenced to less than two years. And she’s a nonviolent offender with a wealth of mitigation material. This is pretty troubling, but I reluctantly agree our precedent requires the result.

Tags: 2018, Judge Stranch, Sentencing, Sixth Circuit

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