Split 9th Circ. Upholds Higher Sentence For Illegal Reentry

Law360 (August 19, 2019, 6:39 PM EDT) -- A split Ninth Circuit panel on Monday agreed that a Mexican man who was convicted of trying to enter the U.S. without permission after he was already deported deserves more than three years in prison for that crime, letting stand the lower court's bumped-up sentence.

In a 2-1 decision, the majority held that Vicente Cuevas-Lopez's two previous sentences for burglary — 3 1/2 years each — could be combined into one seven-year sentence under the so-called single sentence rule, sticking him with a higher sentencing range for the illegal reentry conviction.

Courts can bump up sentences for people convicted of illegal reentry...

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