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Dean v. US, 15-9260

In a case in which defendant was sentenced for conviction of multiple robbery and firearms counts, as well as possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 924(c), which mandates a distinct penalty to be imposed in addition to the punishment provided for the predicate crime, and in which defendant urged the district court to consider his lengthy mandatory minimum sentences when calculating the sentences for his other counts and to impose concurrent one-day sentences for those counts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, that defendant's argument was foreclosed by Circuit precedent and that his sentence was otherwise substantively reasonable, is reversed where section 924(c) does not prevent a sentencing court from considering a mandatory minimum imposed under that provision when calculating an appropriate sentence for the predicate offense.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/04/03




  • United States Supreme Court