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United States v. Gonzalez-Oseguera

United States District Court, D. Hawaii

March 18, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
SACRAMENTO GONZALEZ-OSEGUERA, aka SACRAMENTO ASEGUERA GONZALEZ, aka BENITO BARRAGAN-BLANCO, aka VICTOR LNU, aka VICTOR RODRIGUEZ, aka VICTOR OROSCO, aka VICTOR SUAREZ, aka VICTOR CISNEROS, Defendant.

          ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SENTENCE REDUCTION PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. § 3582 (ECF NO. 60)

          HELEN GILLMOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Defendant Sacramento Gonzalez-Oseguera, proceeding pro se, has filed a letter requesting a reduction in sentence pursuant to the First Step Act, Pub. L. No. 115-391. Defendant is not eligible to receive a sentence reduction.

         Defendant's Motion for Sentence Reduction (ECF No. 60) is DENIED.

         PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On December 13, 2006, the grand jury returned a three-count First Superseding Indictment against Defendant.[1] (ECF No. 5).

         On May 7, 2007, Defendant pled guilty, pursuant to a plea agreement, to Count I of the First Superseding Indictment for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five hundred (500) grams or more of a substance and mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A). (ECF No. 31).

         On July 15, 2007, the Court entered an order that accepted the Defendant's plea of guilty and adjudged him guilty as to Count I in the First Superseding Indictment. (ECF No. 35).

         On October 18, 2007, Defendant was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment as to Count 1 in the First Superseding Indictment. (Amended Judgment, ECF No. 47). Counts 2 and 3 in the First Superseding Indictment were dismissed as required by the Memorandum of Plea Agreement. (Id.)

         On January 31, 2019, Defendant, proceeding pro se, filed a letter requesting a reduction in his sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582 and the First Step Act, Pub. L. No. 115-391. (ECF No. 60).

         ANALYSIS

         The Court “may modify an imposed term of imprisonment to the extent otherwise expressly permitted by statute or by Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.” 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(B); see United States v. Perez-Asencio, No. 18CR3611-H, 2019 WL 626175 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2019).

         On December 21, 2018, the First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, 132 Stat. 5194, was signed into law. The First Step Act implements reforms to the criminal justice system.

         Defendant has submitted a handwritten letter asking if he is eligible for relief pursuant to the First Step Act. The Court liberally[2] construes Defendant's letter as a motion to reduce his sentence pursuant to the First Step Act.

         There are a number of reforms in the First Step Act, but Section 404 is the only provision that applies retroactively to defendants who have already been sentenced. Section 404 permits the district courts to reduce a sentence retroactively based on the revised statutory penalties of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Pub. Law 111-220; 124 Stat. 2372. See First Step Act ยง 404(a). ...


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