7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: United States of America v. John Buncich
Case No.: 20-2569
Officials: HAMILTON, SCUDDER, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.
Focus: Sentencing Guidelines
Defendant John Buncich served as Sheriff of Lake County, Indiana. As sheriff, he received thousands of dollars from local towing companies. In return, those companies received lucrative towing contracts within the county. A jury convicted Buncich of wire fraud and bribery in 2017, and he was sentenced to 188 months in prison. Following an earlier appeal that vacated three of the six counts of conviction, he was resentenced to 151 months.
Buncich now challenges that decision on three grounds. He argues that the district court erred in its Sentencing Guideline calculation, that the court failed to explain its guideline findings sufficiently and made other procedural errors, and that his sentence was substantively unreasonable. We reject all three arguments and affirm his sentence.