The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Gerrard United States District Judge
The Court has received the second revised presentence investigation report and addendum in this case. The defendant filed an objection (filing 94) to the drug quantity calculations contained in the presentence report and a motion for variance (filing 95).
1. The Court will consult and follow the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to the extent permitted and required by United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and subsequent cases. In this regard, the Court gives notice that, unless otherwise ordered, it will:
(a) give the advisory Guidelines respectful consideration within the context of each individual case and will filter the Guidelines' advice through the 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) factors, but will not afford the Guidelines any particular or "substantial" weight;
(b) resolve all factual disputes relevant to sentencing by the greater weight of the evidence and without the aid of a jury;
(c) impose upon the United States the burden of proof on all Guidelines enhancements;
(d) impose upon the defendant the burden of proof on all Guidelines mitigators;
(e) depart from the advisory Guidelines, if appropriate, using pre-Booker departure theory; and
(f) in cases where a departure using pre-Booker departure theory is not warranted, deviate or vary from the Guidelines when there is a principled reason justifying a sentence different than that called for by application of the advisory Guidelines, again without affording the Guidelines any particular or "substantial" weight.
2. The defendant filed an objection (filing 94) to drug quantity calculation contained in the presentence report, objecting to all but 6 ounces of powder cocaine. The defendant also filed a motion for variance (filing 95), arguing, based on the § 3553(a) factors, that he should be sentenced to the statutory minimum. The Court has since been informed that the parties have reached an agreement that the defendant's base offense level should be 34, resulting in an offense level of 31 after acceptance of responsibility reductions, and that the defendant's objection and motion for variance will be withdrawn at sentencing. Therefore, the objection and motion for variance will be disposed of at sentencing.
3. Except to the extent, if any, that the Court has sustained an objection, granted a motion, or reserved an issue for later resolution in the preceding paragraph, the parties are notified that the Court's tentative findings are that the presentence report is correct in all respects.
4. If any party wishes to challenge these tentative findings, that party shall, as soon as possible (but in any event no later than three (3) business days before sentencing) file with the Court and serve upon opposing counsel an objection challenging these tentative findings, supported by a brief as to the law and such evidentiary materials as are required, giving due regard to the local rules of practice governing the submission of evidentiary materials. If an evidentiary hearing is requested, such filings should include a statement describing why a hearing is necessary and how long such a hearing would take.
5. Absent timely submission of the information required by the preceding paragraph, the Court's tentative findings may become final and the presentence report may ...