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United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee v. Jesus Denova LOPEZ, also known as Joel Jaimes Denova, Defendant-Appellant

No. 17-50209

Decided: July 25, 2018

Before REAVLEY, GRAVES, and HO, Circuit Judges. Joseph H. Gay, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney, Diane D. Kirstein, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas, San Antonio, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellee Philip J. Lynch, San Antonio, TX, for Defendant-Appellant

Jesus Denova Lopez appeals the 210-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to four crimes arising from a large drug-trafficking conspiracy. The sentence was at the top of the correctly calculated advisory guideline range and is presumed to be reasonable. See United States v. Alonzo, 435 F.3d 551, 554 (5th Cir. 2006). The presumption may be rebutted if Denova Lopez shows “that the sentence does not account for a factor that should receive significant weight, it gives significant weight to an irrelevant or improper factor, or it represents a clear error of judgment in balancing sentencing factors.” United States v. Cooks, 589 F.3d 173, 186 (5th Cir. 2009).

Denova Lopez argues that the sentence does not sufficiently account for his sincere contrition, acceptance of responsibility, limited education, and lack of any criminal history. Further, he argues that a sentence at the bottom of the guideline range would have satisfied the sentencing factors of 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), including protecting the public and deterring him from additional criminal conduct. He concludes that the district court committed a clear error in weighing the § 3553(a) factors.

In essence, Denova Lopez asks this court to substitute his assessment of the sentencing factors for the district court’s, which is contrary to the deferential review dictated by the Supreme Court in Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 51, 128 S.Ct. 586, 169 L.Ed.2d 445 (2007). His disagreement with the sentence does not rebut the presumption of reasonableness. See United States v. Ruiz, 621 F.3d 390, 398 (5th Cir. 2010). While a lesser sentence might have also been reasonable, Denova Lopez has not shown that the sentence the district court imposed was unreasonable. See Gall, 552 U.S. at 51, 128 S.Ct. 586.

The judgment is AFFIRMED.



PER CURIAM: * FN* Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.

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