Monday, June 13, 2005

Court upholds 30-year sentence

The U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld the U.S. District Court's sentencing of Robert L. Abbott, sentenced on July 31, 2003, to 30 years in federal prison without parole for his role in a conspiracy that distributed more than 200 kilograms of cocaine in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas. The court also ordered Abbott to pay a fine of $131,500.
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On remand from the Supreme Court for reconsideration under Booker, the court applies Pirani's plain error analysis and concludes defendant is not entitled to Booker relief because he cannot demonstrate a reasonable probability that the district court would have imposed a lesser sentence under an advisory guidelines scheme.
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