FEDERAL: USA v. Poynter (6TH CIR. 7/26/2007)

USA v. Poynter
    Eastern District of Kentucky at Lexington

SUTTON, Circuit Judge. Avery Poynter, 36 years old, pleaded guilty to traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with two minors. After calculating a guidelines range of 188–235 months and considering the § 3553(a) factors, the district court imposed a 720-month sentence (the statutory maximum) because Poynter was a repeat child sex offender. Unable to conclude that this variance resulted from a reasonable application of § 3553, we reverse.

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