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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ind. Decisions - One Indiana decision today from 7th Circuit

In US v. Strode (SD Ind., Judge Barker), a 14-page opinion, Judge Manion writes:

After a five-day trial, a jury convicted Christopher Strode of two counts of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846, one count of manufacturing with the intent to distribute 100 marijuana plants in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), and two counts of money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(1)(A)(i) and 1957. The district court sentenced Strode to 192 months’ imprisonment. Strode appeals, challenging his sentence. We affirm. * * *

The district court committed no error in sentencing Strode. The district court’s drug quantity calculation, which comported with what Strode’s attorney advanced as reasonable in the district court, was not clearly erroneous. The district court properly enhanced Strode’s sentence one level for obstruction of justice based on Strode’s conversation with his co-defendants in violation of the court’s no-contact order. And the district court properly enhanced Strode’s sentence two levels based on the numerous instances of firearm possession by Strode in the record. We therefore AFFIRM Strode’s conviction and sentence.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 14, 2009 10:51 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions