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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Marcos Antonio Chavez GONZALEZ Defendant - Appellant

No. 19-1420

Decided: September 09, 2019

Before LOKEN, GRUENDER, and KOBES, Circuit Judges. Jason T. Griess, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Des Moines, IA, for Plaintiff - Appellee Marcos Antonio Chavez Gonzalez, Pro Se


Marcos Gonzalez appeals after he pleaded guilty to illegal reentry into the United States and the district court 1 sentenced him to a prison term below the calculated Guidelines range.

We conclude that the district court imposed a substantively reasonable sentence. Gonzalez was sentenced below the calculated Guidelines range and there is no indication that the court overlooked a relevant factor, gave significant weight to an improper or irrelevant factor, or committed a clear error of judgment in weighing appropriate factors. See United States v. Feemster, 572 F.3d 455, 461–62 (8th Cir. 2009) (en banc) (discussing substantive reasonableness); see also United States v. McCauley, 715 F.3d 1119, 1127 (8th Cir. 2013) (where district court has varied below Guidelines range, it is “nearly inconceivable” that court abused its discretion in not varying downward still further). Having independently reviewed the record under Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), we find no non-frivolous issues for appeal. Accordingly, we affirm, and we grant counsel permission to withdraw.


1.   The Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.


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Docket No: No. 19-1420

Decided: September 09, 2019

Court: United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

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