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United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee v. Frank G. PEARSON, also known as Grump, Defendant-Appellant

No. 18-31279

Decided: September 17, 2019

Before WIENER, HAYNES, and COSTA, Circuit Judges. Carol Mignonne Griffing, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Allison Duncan Bushnell, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Douglas Lee Harville, Harville Law Firm, L.L.C., Shreveport, LA, for Defendant-Appellant

Frank G. Pearson pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The presentence report (PSR) calculated an advisory sentencing range of 30 to 37 months. Pearson did not object but moved for a sentence below the range. Without opposition from the Government, the district court “reluctantly” granted Pearson’s motion, and the range was reduced to 24 to 30 months. The court sentenced Pearson to 26 months in prison plus three years of supervised release.

Pearson argues that the sentence was substantively unreasonable because a sentence of probation would have been sufficient. On appeal, we presume that a sentence below the properly calculated guideline range is substantively reasonable. See United States v. Murray, 648 F.3d 251, 258 (5th Cir. 2011); United States v. Alonzo, 435 F.3d 551, 554 (5th Cir. 2006). Pearson’s assertion that the sentence is excessive does not rebut the presumption. See United States v. Ruiz, 621 F.3d 390, 398 (5th Cir. 2010). 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PER CURIAM:* FN* Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.

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