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U.S. v. Thompson, 06-1741

Defendant-appellant's conviction and sentence for offenses, stemming from defendant's setting his house on fire in an attempt to collect on an insurance policy, is affirmed where: 1) there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's verdict; 2) there was no error in the district court's guideline calculations as the Sixth Amendment does not require that a jury find that a defendant committed murder before a district court can apply the Sentencing Guidelines' murder cross-reference; 3) there was no error in imposing consecutive statutory maximum sentences equivalent to 190 years for all counts of the conviction because the Guidelines range was life imprisonment; and 4) a Fifth Amendment due process claim was foreclosed by precedent.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 10/24/2007
  • Decided 04/25/2008
  • Published 04/25/2008


  • WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge., Before FLAUM, MANION, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Patrick S. Layng (argued), Pravin Rao, Office of the United States Attorney, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee., William H. Theis (argued), Terence F. MacCarthy, Carol A. Brook, Office of the Federal Defender Program, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.
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