U.S. v. Vidal

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Criminal Court
Case Number: 
No. 11-3873
Decision Date: 
January 31, 2013
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
Reversed and remanded
Defendant was entitled to new sentence hearing on his conviction on drug conspiracy charges where record showed that Dist. Ct. failed to adequately consider defendant’s primary argument that his history of mental health problems warranted below-guidelines sentence. Defendant presented expert testimony regarding his decreased likelihood to re-offend upon his release from prison, and Dist. Ct.’s fleeting reference to defendant’s “mental health issues” made it impossible to review whether Dist. Ct. adequately considered defendant’s argument.