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United States v. Walker

United States District Court for the District of Utah
252 F. Supp.3d 1269 (2017)


John Eugene Walker (defendant) pleaded guilty to the federal government's (plaintiff's) charge that he robbed two banks in 2013. Walker committed these crimes, as well as prior offenses for which he spent 20 years behind bars, under the apparent influence of his addiction to drugs and alcohol. In 2015, the federal district court judge found that imprisonment was not necessary to deter Walker from criminal behavior, and sentenced Walker to time served and three years' supervised release. The government appealed, and in 2017 the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case for resentencing. The Tenth Circuit agreed with the trial judge that imprisonment was not necessary for specific deterrence, but said that the judge failed to give weight to the other sentencing factors listed in 18 U.S.C. § 3553. Walker's criminal record since 2013 was clean, he had complied with all the conditions of his supervised release, and he had been self-motivated to rebuild his life and enroll in a tough but effective rehabilitation program that broke his dependency on alcohol and drugs.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Waddoups, J.)

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