U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Sentencing — reasonableness
A 92-month sentence for bank robbery, far below the guideline range, is not excessive.
“Given the defendant’s age (62) and poor health, a sentence of 92 months — almost eight years — is admittedly stiff. But it is so far below the bottom of the guidelines range that it cannot be thought excessive. We are pleased to see that the district judge sentenced the defendant as far below the guidelines range as he did in order to avoid imposing a sentence that in the circumstances would be ‘a sentence of life,’ citing a recent opinion of this court expressing concern about sentences so long that they are likely to crowd the prisons with the elderly. United States v. Craig, 703 F.3d 1001, 1002–04 (2012) (per curiam) (concurring opinion); see also United States v. Johnson, 685 F.3d 660, 661–62 (7th Cir. 2012).”
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Norgle, J., Posner, J.