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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. Brenda BENN, Defendant - Appellant.

No. 19-7495

Decided: March 30, 2020

Before MOTZ, HARRIS, and RUSHING, Circuit Judges. Brenda Benn, Appellant Pro Se.

Brenda Benn appeals the district court's order denying her motion for modification of her sentence under the First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, 132 Stat. 5194. We review de novo the district court's interpretation of its authority under the First Step Act, United States v. Venable, 943 F.3d 187, 192 (4th Cir. 2019), and may “affirm on any ground appearing in the record, including theories not relied upon or rejected by the district court,” United States v. Flores-Granados, 783 F.3d 487, 491 (4th Cir. 2015) (internal quotation marks omitted).

Upon review, we find that the district court correctly concluded that it lacked authority under § 404 of the First Step Act to modify Benn's sentence and order a split sentence, which would allow her to serve the remainder of her sentence on home confinement. See United States v. Wirsing, 943 F.3d 175, 183-86 (4th Cir. 2019). Additionally, to the extent that Benn argues that the district court should have ordered home confinement or recommended placement in a halfway house pursuant to § 602 of the First Step Act, we find that Benn is not eligible for such relief under the relevant statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3624(c) (2018), which was amended by § 602 of the Act. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's order. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.



Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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