Federal Case Results

USA v. SMITH CASE NO.: 6:04-CR-37-ORL-19-JGG (Orlando)
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Kilograms of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Conspiracy to Possess $850,000 in Counterfeit Money
District Judge: Fawsett
Sentencing Guidelines: 188 to 235 months in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: Verdicts of Not Guilty as to Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Kilograms of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Possess $850,000 in Counterfeit Money.

USA v. CRUZ-ALVAREZ CASE NO.: 5:08-CR-22-OC-10-GRJ (Ocala)
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 100 or More Marijuana Plants and Possession With the Intent to Distribute 100 or More Marijuana Plants
Senior District Judge: Hodges
Mandatory Minimum: 5 years in federal prison
Maximum Sentence: 40 years in federal prison
Case Result: Verdict of Not Guilty.

USA v. BLANGO CASE NO.: 2:07-CR-39-FTM-34-SPC (Fort Myers)
Counts: Four Counts of Armed Bank Robbery and Using and Possessing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
District Judge: Howard
Mandatory Minimum: 82 years in federal prison
Sentencing Guidelines: 143 years in federal prison
Case Result: Four Not Guilty Verdicts. (Split Verdict)

USA v. LEWIS CASE NO.: 8:08-CR-127-RAL-26-MAP (Tampa)
Counts: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Crack Cocaine (Trial One)
District Judge: Lazzara
Mandatory Minimum: 15 years in federal prison
Case Result: Hung Jury.

USA v. MCCLELLAND CASE NO.: 8:05-CR-129-T-23MSS
Counts: Arson and Insurance Fraud
Senior District Judge: Merryday
Maximum Sentence: 40 years in federal prison
Case Result: After four days of trial, and at the close of evidence, the government dismissed four of six counts in the indictment and the Defendant plead guilty to reduced charges.

USA v. JERLOW CASE NO.: 8:08-CR-00340-VMC-EAJ
Counts: Conspiracy to Possess With the Intent to Distribute 50 Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Covington
Case Result: Motion to Suppress Evidence Granted. Original charges were dropped and the case reduced to Using a Cell Phone to Commit a Crime.

USA v. VIDES CASE NO.: 6:09-MJ-11296-KRS
Counts: Conspiracy to Possess With the Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms of Cocaine
Maximum Sentence: Life
Case Result: Case Dismissed.

USA v. HENRY CASE NO.: 8:07-CR-454-JSM-TGW
Counts: Conspiracy to Possess With the Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Moody
Mandatory Minimum: Life
Case Result: Case Dismissed.

USA v. MARTINES CASE NO.: 2:06-MJ-1081-SPC
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
District Judge: Steele
Sentencing Guidelines: 121 months to 151 months in federal prison
Maximum Sentence: Life
Case Result: Case Dismissed.

USA v. CARTER CASE NO.: 8:03-M-452-TGW
Counts: Conspiracy to Possess a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Making False Statements
Magistrate Judge: Wilson
Maximum Sentence: 30 years in federal prison
Case Result: Case Dismissed after a full Probable Cause Hearing.

USA v. PALOMINO CASE NO.: 2:07-CR-83-FTM-34-DNF
Counts: Conspiracy to Bring and Harbor Illegal Aliens into USA
District Judge: Howard
Sentencing Guidelines: 18 months to 30 months in federal prison
Case Result: Case Dismissed.

USA v. VALLEJOS-VALLARDES CASE NO.: 8:11-MJ-01157-MAP
Counts: Failure to Obey an Order by an Authorized Federal Law Enforcement Officer Magistrate Judge: Pizzo
Case Result: Case Dismissed by Magistrate Judge Pizzo after finding no probable cause at a full Probable Cause Hearing.

USA v. MCKENZIE CASE NO.: 2:08-CR-183-FTM-DNF
Counts: Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
District Judge: Steele
Case Result: Pre-trial Diversion.

USA v. WIGGINS CASE NO.: 2:06-CR-121-FTM-99-DNF
Counts: One Count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
District Judge: Steele
Case Result: Pre-trial Diversion.

USA v. COBB CASE NO.: 8:07-CR-00401-JSM-TGW
Counts: Violation of Federal Supervised Release
District Judge: Moody
Sentencing Guidelines: 18 to 24 months in federal prison
Case Result: Credit for time already served.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. WILLIS CASE NO.: 5:03-CR-WTH-TBS
Counts: Violation of Federal Supervised Release
District Judge: Hodges Sentencing Guidelines 36 months in federal prison
Case Result: Case Dismissed.
*All supervised release violations were dismissed after trial counsel proved the victim lied about being threatened by Mr. Willis with an AK-47 in the underlying state case.

USA v. FIELDS CASE NO.: 8:08-CR-227-JSM-EAJ
Counts: Violation of Federal Supervised Release
District Judge: Moody Sentencing Guidelines 6 to 12 months in federal prison
Case Result: Dismissal of all supervised release allegations after a full hearing.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. SUTTER CASE NO.: 8:04-CR-542-SCB-MAP
Counts: Violation of Federal Supervised Release
District Judge: Bucklew Sentencing Guidelines 6 to 12 months in federal prison
Case Result: Reinstatement to original term of supervised release after a full hearing.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. CLYBURN CASE NO.: 8:95-CR-82-RAL-AEP
Counts: Violation of Federal Supervised Release
District Judge: Lazzara Sentencing Guidelines 46 to 57 months in federal prison
Case Result: Credit for time already served.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. CHAMBERS CASE NO.: 2:08-CR-41-JES-DNF
Counts: One Count of Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine
District Judge: Steele
Sentencing Guidelines: 57 to 71 months in federal prison with a five year minimum mandatory penalty
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was in part the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis.

USA v. MEJIA CASE NO.: 8:06-CR- 400-JDW-EAJ
Counts: One Count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 78 to 97 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was in part the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis.

USA v. LEBRON CASE NO.: 8:05-CR75-T-17-EAJ
Counts: One Count of Trafficking in GHB
District Judge: Kovachevich
Sentencing Guidelines: 37 to 46 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was in part the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis.

USA v. FARINHA CASE NO.: 8:09-CR-464-RAL-AEP
Counts: Mortgage Fraud
District Judge: Lazzara
Sentencing Guidelines: 12 to 18 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. HAMID CASE NO.: 8:11-CR-289-RAL-EAJ
Counts: Conspiracy of a Business Owner to Traffic in Stolen Merchandise
District Judge: Lazzara
Sentencing Guidelines: 6 to 12 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. LOUISSAINT CASE NO.: 8:10-CR-416-VMC-TGW
Counts: Mortgage Fraud
District Judge: Covington
Sentencing Guidelines: 12 to 18 months in federal prison
Maximum Sentence: 5 years in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of federal probation.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. PASQUALE CASE NO.: 2:04-CR-35-FTM-29-DNF
Counts: Violation of the Wager Wire Act: Gambling, Bookmaking
District Judge: Steele
Sentencing Guidelines: 12 to 18 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline, and nearly credit for time served, sentence of 120 days.
*The Defendant received a sentence reduction greater than the reduction recommended by the government.

USA v. GRANT CASE NO.: 8:05-CR-458-JDW-TGW
Counts: 16 count indictment relating to fraud and theft of over $5 million
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: Approximately 240 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 18 months in a prison camp and a dismissal of 15 of the 16 counts in the original indictment.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. DAEMI CASE NO.: 8:10-CR-388-JDW-TBM
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 108 months to 135 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 24 months.
*This sentence variance was in part the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis.

USA v. ROBERTS CASE NO.: 6:05-CR-84-ORL-22KRS
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 5 Kilograms or more of Cocaine
District Judge: Conway
Sentencing Guidelines: 121 months to 151 months in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of more than seven years resulting in a below guideline sentence of 36 months.

USA v. CABALLERO CASE NO.: 8:05-CR-530-T-30-EAJ
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
District Judge: Moody
Sentencing Guidelines: 46 months to 57 months in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of nearly one year resulting in below guideline sentence of 37 months.
*The Defendant received a sentence reduction greater than the reduction recommended by the government.

USA v. GOMEZ CASE NO.: 2:05-CR-35-FTM-33-DNF
Counts: Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
District Judge: Covington
Sentencing Guidelines: 63 to 78 months in federal prison
Maximum Sentence: 20 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of two years resulting in a below guideline sentence of 38 months.

USA v. WEBB CASE NO.: 8:06-CR-446-RAL-MAP
Counts: Thirty-Two Counts of Conspiracy to Defraud
District Judge: Lazzara
Sentencing Guidelines: 46 to 57 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 42 months.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. WHITAKER CASE NO.: 8:03-CR-458-T-30-MAP
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 100 Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Moody
Sentencing Guidelines: 235 to 293 months in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of nearly fifteen years resulting in a below guideline sentence of 46 months.

USA v. WRIGHT CASE NO.: 5:04-CR-33-OC-10-GRJ
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in a Federal Facility Senior
District Judge: Hodges
Sentencing Guidelines: 51 to 63 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 46 months.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. BENNER CASE NO.: 2:09-CR-44-JES
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 1000 or more Plants of Marijuana
District Judge: Steele
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A reduction of charges and a sentence of just over six years.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. MORENO CASE NO.: 8:10-CR-371-SDM-AEP
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
District Court Judge: Merryday
Sentencing Guidelines: 78 months to 97 months in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 60 months in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 60 months.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance reduction nor did she qualify for "safety valve".

USA v. GREER CASE NO.: 3:08-CR-46-LC
Counts: Conspiracy Distribute 150 Kilograms of Cocaine and Thousand Pounds Marijuana Senior District Judge: Collier
Sentencing Guidelines: Approximately 17 years in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A below guideline sentence of 60 months.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis and successful legal objections to the PSI. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. DIAZ CASE NO.: 2:09-CR-77-FTM-29-SPC
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 1000 Kilograms of Marijuana
District Judge: Steele
Sentencing Guidelines: 140 to 175 months in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of 62 months resulting in a below guideline sentence of 78 months despite being the undisputed head of a 3.8 million dollar drug ring.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis and successful legal objections to the PSI. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. ABEL CASE NO.: 8:10-CR-204-SDM-AEP
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute a Quantity of Oxycodone
District Judge: Merryday
Sentencing Guidelines: 97 to 121 months in federal prison
Maximum Sentence: 20 years in federal prison
Case Result: A reduction of two offense levels resulting in a below guideline sentence of 84 months.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis and successful legal objections to the PSI. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. LOWERY CASE NO.: 8:05-CR-423-T-27-TGW
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 1000 Kilograms of Marijuana
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 262 to 327 months in federal prison as a Career Offender
Case Result: A sentence reduction of nearly 15 years resulting in below guidelines of 84 months.
*The Defendant received a sentence reduction greater than the reduction recommended by the government.

USA v. NELSON CASE NO.: 6:06-CR-125-ORL-19-KRS
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Five Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Fawsett
Sentencing Guidelines: 237 to 262 months in federal prison as a Career Offender
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of nearly twelve years.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. WEAVER CASE NO.: 6:06-CR-125-ORL-19-KRS
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 20 or More Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Fawsett
Sentencing Guidelines: 292 to 365 months in federal prison as a Career Offender
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of fifteen years.
*The Defendant received sentence reduction greater than reduction recommended by the government.

USA v. WILLIAMS CASE NO.: 2:08-CR-108-FTM-29-SPC
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
District Judge: Steele
Sentencing Guidelines: Approximately 22 years in federal prison
Mandatory Minimum: 10 years in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of nearly six years.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis and successful legal objections to the PSI. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.

USA v. LEMON CASE NO.: 8:06-CR-469-JDW-TBM
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute 5 Kilograms or more of Cocaine
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 30 Years to Life in federal prison as a Career Offender
Case Result: A sentence reduction of fifteen years resulting in a below guideline sentence of fifteen years in federal prison.

USA v. PARKS CASE NO.: 8:05-CR-17-T-27-EAJ
Counts: Possession with Intent to Deliver 50 grams of Cocaine Base (Crack Cocaine)
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 30 years to Life in federal prison as a Career Offender
Case Result: A sentence reduction of fifteen years resulting in a below guideline sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

USA v. PHILENTROPE CASE NO.: 8:08-CR-530-JDW-TGW
Counts: Conspiracy to Distribute over 150 Kilograms of Cocaine
District Judge: Whittemore
Sentencing Guidelines: 300 months in federal prison
Case Result: A sentence reduction of 10 years resulting in a reduction of the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment from 20 to 10 years.
*This sentence variance was the result of a 3553(a) mitigation analysis and successful legal objections to the PSI. The Defendant did not receive a government 5K substantial assistance sentencing reduction.