The federal government (plaintiff) persuaded a federal district court jury to find first-offender Weldon Angelos (defendant) guilty of dealing more than 16 ounces of marijuana and of three counts of illegal firearms possession. Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a minimum 78 months' imprisonment for Angelos's drug convictions. Under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), Angelos's mandatory minimum sentence for the firearms crimes was 55 years' imprisonment: five years for the first offense, and an additional 25 years each for the second and third offenses. With time off for good behavior, 24-year-old Angelos might hope to be released from prison at age 78. The judge considered Angelos's request for a reduced sentence.