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United States v. Hensley

United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, Covington

March 10, 2015



Danny C. Reeves, United States District Judge.

Defendant William G. Hensley is currently serving a 65-month term of imprisonment for conspiring to distribute cocaine. [Record No. 267] The matter is pending for consideration of Hensley's motion to reduce his sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). [Record No. 386] Specifically, Hensley argues the length of his incarceration should be reduced as a result of a recent change to the drug tables in the United States Sentencing Guidelines. After reviewing Hensley's motion and the record, the Court declines to reduce the defendant's sentence under the circumstances presented. [1]

On November 10, 2011, a twenty-eight count Indictment was returned against Hensley and ten other defendants. [Record No. 16] Hensley was charged in Count 1 with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846. He was also charged in Counts 10, 12, and 16 with distributing of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). A Superseding Indictment was returned on January 5, 2012; however, the charges against Hensley were not affected. [Record No. 76] These charges were the result of Hensley's role as a street-level distributor in an extensive conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana in Covington, Kentucky. Hensley acknowledged in his written Plea Agreement to receiving approximately one ounce of cocaine per month for distribution for approximately 24 months. [Record No. 257, p. 4] Hensley pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, a lesser included offense of Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment. [Record No. 174] The other charges were dismissed upon motion of the United States during sentencing.

Hensley was sentenced on July 12, 2012. [Record No. 256] There were no objections to the defendant's Presentence Investigation Report ("PSR") which affected the guideline calculation. Hensley's Total Offense Level was determined to be 23 under the United States Sentencing Guidelines. [PSR, p. 11] And based on his previous criminal convictions, Hensley was placed in Criminal History Category III. As a result, Hensley's non-binding guideline range for imprisonment was 60 to 71 months. [PSR, p. 20]

When evaluating the sentence to be imposed, all relevant factors of 18 U.S.C. § 3553 were carefully considered including the seriousness of the crime, the personal history and characteristics of the defendant, the defendant's acceptance of responsibility and cooperation, specific and general deterrence, and the need to protect the public from potential, future crimes by Hensley. Ultimately, the Court concluded that a sentence of less than 65 months would not satisfy the statutory factors. The subsequent amendment to the drug quantity tables does not alter this determination.

The undersigned continues to believe that the sentence previously imposed is not greater than necessary to meet all statutory goals included in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a). The defendant has a criminal history involving controlled substances. Further, he was under a criminal justice sentence at the time of the instant offense, which affected his criminal history calculation. [PSR, p. 16] A reduced sentence would not promote the goals of general or specific deterrence, but would, instead, unduly diminish the seriousness of Hensley's criminal conduct. Further, a reduction would fail to adequately reflect the detrimental impact such crimes have on the communities of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Accordingly, it is hereby

ORDERED that Defendant William G. Hensley's motion for a reduction of his sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c) [Record No. 386] is DENIED.

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