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United States v. Carpenter

252 F.3d 230 (2001)

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United States v. Carpenter

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

252 F.3d 230 (2001)

Facts

Marty Wise was a sales associate for a store that sold firearms as a licensed firearms dealer. Wise recruited Donald Carpenter (defendant) into a conspiracy to steal firearms from the store, in violation of federal law. Carpenter was charged and sentenced in federal district court for his role in the conspiracy. The district court found Carpenter to be less culpable than Wise and deemed Carpenter to be a minor participant in the scheme, granting Carpenter a downward adjustment under federal sentencing guidelines. The prosecution (plaintiff) appealed the decision to the Second Circuit, requesting the court to vacate the sentence and order resentencing without the adjustment. The prosecution argued that the district court misapplied the sentencing guidelines by finding Carpenter to be a minor participant in the two-person conspiracy.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Meskill, J.)

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