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Sentencing — reasonableness

United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit


Sentencing — reasonableness

Where the defendant committed two armed robberies, a 41 month sentence was not unreasonable.

“The sentencing transcript shows that the judge gave thoughtful consideration not only to §5K2.20 but also to the possibility, independent of §5K2.20, that Townsend’s crimes were aberrational. The judge remarked on Townsend’s ‘lifetime of rectitude and hard work, devotion to family and a course of conduct that can really only be described as exemplary.’ The judge thought deterrence of others to be the most important of the criteria in §3553(a), a permissible assessment, and stated that he selected the low end of the range because ‘I think [this] will take account of the previous law-abiding life of the defendant’. The district judge’s sentence was reasonable and his approach free from legal error.”


12-3326 U.S. v. Townsend

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Grady, J., Easterbrook, J.

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