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November 3, 2014
  United States v. Mavroudis -- Fourth Circuit
Headline: District Court Runs Sentence Consecutively with Any Future Sentences

Areas of Law: Criminal Procedure

Issue Presented: Whether the district court abused its discretion in sentencing the defendant to a term of imprisonment that ran consecutive to any future state or federal sentences that might be imposed, followed by a lifetime of supervised released.

Brief Summary: Theofanis Mavroudis, a sex offender who pled guilty to failing to register as such under 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a), was sentenced in federal district court to sixty-three months in prison. This sentence was to run consecutive to any future state or federal sentence and was to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Mavroudis challenged his sentence in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Reviewing the sentence for an abuse of discretion, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the sentence. The court explained that the sentence was both procedurally and substantively reasonable, based on ample sentencing testimony and the district court's explanation of its reasoning. Thus, the court held that Mavroudis failed to rebut the presumption of reasonableness accorded to his sentence. The Fourth Circuit also rejected Mavroudis' argument that the district court lacked discretion to run his sentence consecutive with any future sentence, explaining that in Setser v. United States the United States Supreme Court held that federal district courts have the discretion to order that a single sentence run consecutive to or concurrent with an anticipated state sentence not yet imposed.

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Panel: Judges Keenan and Wynn, and Senior Circuit Judge Hamilton

Argument Date: Oral argument dispensed with

Date of Issued Opinion: 10/09/2014

Docket Number:
No. 14-4201

Decided: Affirmed by unpublished opinion

Case Alert Author: Emily Bolyard

ARGUED: Nicholas J. Compton, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Kristen M. Leddy, Research and Writing Specialist, Martinsburg, West Virginia, for Appellant. William J. Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney, Jarod J. Douglas, Assistant United States Attorney, Martinsburg, West Virginia, for Appellee.

Author of Opinion: Per curiam

Case Alert Circuit Supervisor: Professor Renée Hutchins

    Posted By: Renee Hutchins @ 11/03/2014 01:14 PM     4th Circuit  

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