U.S. v. Spann

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Criminal Court
Case Number: 
No. 14-1013
Decision Date: 
July 3, 2014
Federal District: 
S.D. Ill.
Reversed and remanded
Dist. Ct. erred in sentencing defendant to 97-month term of incarceration on drug distribution charge where, although said sentence was within applicable guideline range, Dist. Ct. failed to provide any explanation for imposing said sentence at high end of guideline other than fact that trafficking in heroin was serious crime. Also, Dist. Ct.’s observation that instant sentence would give defendant opportunity to learn lawful work skills violated rule in Tapia, 131 S.Ct 2382, which prohibits consideration of potential for rehabilitation as factor in length of sentence