United States v. Bridges, 111811 FED3, 09-4444
|Opinion Judge:||POLLAK, District Judge.|
|Party Name:||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Appellee v. NYRON BRIDGES, a/k/a LOOSE LOC, Appellant|
|Judge Panel:||Before: SLOVITER and GREENAWAY, Jr., Circuit Judges, , and POLLAK, District Judge.|
|Case Date:||November 18, 2011|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
Submitted Under Third Circuit LAR 34.1(a) October 26, 2011.
On Appeal from the United States District Court For the District of New Jersey (D.C. Criminal Action No. 07-cr-000115) Honorable Peter G. Sheridan, District Judge.
Appellant Nyron Bridges challenges the reasonableness of his 188-month sentence following entry of a guilty plea for distribution and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine. We will affirm.
A federal grand jury charged Bridges and six co-defendants in a seven-count indictment alleging, inter alia, that Bridges and his co-defendants were members of two New Jersey subgroups of the Crips street gang that conspired to distribute controlled substances in Essex County, New Jersey. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Bridges pleaded guilty to Count Six of the indictment, which charged him with distribution and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B) and 18 U.S.C. § 2.
The Presentence Investigation Report found that Bridges qualified as a career offender under § 4B1.1 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. In a letter submitted to the Court prior to his sentencing, Bridges argued that § 4B1.1 did not apply to him, or alternatively, that the nature of his offense and his criminal history warranted a significant downward departure or variance. Bridges also sought a downward adjustment based on the conditions at Passaic County jail, where he had been detained for 18 months prior to his sentencing.
At sentencing, the District Court determined that Bridges's two prior convictions for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school qualified him as a career offender. The District Court further determined that, since Bridges faced a maximum statutory penalty of 25 or more years, his base offense level was 34. Bridges received a three-point reduction for acceptance of responsibility, resulting in an adjusted offense level...
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