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United States v. Jones

United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Central Division, Lexington

January 13, 2015

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ROBERT EARL JONES, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Danny C. Reeves, United States District Judge

Defendant Robert Earl Jones was sentenced on September 25, 2013, to a term of imprisonment of 96 months based upon his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in the Eastern District of Kentucky. [Record No. 98] Jones has now moved the Court to reduce his sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c) based on recent changes in the drug tables used to determine non-binding guideline ranges for incarceration applicable to certain federal drug offenses. [Record No. 136] For the reasons explained below, the relief requested is not appropriate. Therefore, Jones’s motion will be denied.[1]

The factual basis supporting Jones’s guilty plea and conviction is contained in paragraph 3 of his written Plea Agreement. The statutory penalties are set out in paragraph 4 of that document and reflect Jones’s prior felony drug conviction. The paragraph provides:

4. The Defendant has a final drug felony conviction as set forth in the notice filed by the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 851, and therefore the Defendant is subject to an enhanced statutory punishment. The statutory punishment for Count 1 is imprisonment for not less than 10 years nor more than life, a fine of not more than $8, 000, 000, and a term of supervised release of not less than 8 years. A mandatory special assessment of $100 applies, and the Defendant will pay this assessment to the U.S. District Court Clerk at the time of the sentencing hearing.

[Record No. 96]

Jones faced a statutorily-required minimum term of imprisonment of 120 months based on his prior felony drug conviction. However, because of his cooperation with the United States, the Court reduced the total term of imprisonment by 24 months pursuant to United States Sentencing Guideline Section 5K1.1 and 18 U.S.C. § 3553(e). The recent changes in the United States Sentencing Guidelines would not affect this analysis. Then and now, the proper starting point for any reduction would begin from the mandatory minimum term of 120 months. Accordingly, it is hereby

ORDERED that Defendant Robert Earl Jones’s Motion for Sentence Reduction pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) [Record No. 136] is DENIED.


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