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United States v. Yeldell

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY


March 18, 2010

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JOHN YELDELL, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Greenaway, Jr., U.S.C.J.*fn1

ORDER

This matter comes before this Court on the motion of the defendant, John Yeldell ("Defendant"), "for Retroactive Application of Sentencing Guidelines to Crack Cocaine Offenses," requesting that this Court reduce his sentence, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2).*fn2

Defendant argues that this Court should recalculate his sentence under Amendment 706-the amendment to the United States Sentencing Guidelines (U.S.S.G.) that, retroactively, lowered the base offense levels for certain cocaine bases offenses.

On April 19, 1998, Defendant pleaded guilty to intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, crack cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B). On April 26, 2000, this Court sentenced Defendant to 180 months imprisonment.

This Court did not rely on the Sentencing Guideline drug quantity table, under section 2D1.1(c), because Defendant is a career offender. Due to Defendant's career offender status, this Court calculated Defendant's sentencing guidelines range under the Guidelines section applicable to career offenders, U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1(b).

"Amendment 706 only affects calculation under § 2D1.1(c), and the lowering of the base offense level under § 2D1.1(c) has no effect on the application of the career offender level required by § 4B1.1." United States v. Mateo, 560 F.3d 152, 155 (3d Cir. 2009).

The Third Circuit has recently observed that "[t]o be entitled to a reduction of sentence, a defendant's sentencing range must have been lowered by recalculation based on the amended base offense level." Id. at 154; see U.S.S.G. § 1B1.10(a)(2)(B). "Because Amendment 706 does not lower [Defendant's] sentencing range due to his status as a career offender, he may not seek reduction in sentence under [18 U.S.C.] § 3582(c)(2)." Mateo, 560 F.3d at 155.*fn3

This Court having reviewed the submissions of the parties, and good cause appearing,

IT IS on this 18th day of March, 2010,

ORDERED that Defendant's motions to reduce his sentence (Docket Entry Nos. 67 and 69) are DENIED;*fn4 and it is further

ORDERED that a copy of this Order be served on all parties within seven (7) days of the date of entry of this Order.

JOSEPH A. GREENAWAY, JR., U.S.C.J. (Sitting by designation on the District Court)


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