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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Beom Joseph HONG, Defendant-Appellant.

Nos. 20-10052

Decided: September 16, 2020

Before: TASHIMA, SILVERMAN, and OWENS, Circuit Judges. Kirstin Ault, Assistant U.S. Attorney, DOJ-USAO, San Francisco, CA, Michael Nammar, Esquire, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marion Percell, Esquire, Assistant U.S. Attorney, DOJ - Office of the US Attorney, Honolulu, HI, for Plaintiff - Appellee Craig Jerome, Assistant Federal Public Defender, FPDHI - Federal Public Defender's Office, Honolulu, HI, for Defendant - Appellant


In these consolidated appeals, Beom Joseph Hong appeals the concurrent sentences of 18 months’ custody and 42 months’ supervised release imposed upon revocation of supervised release in two different cases. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm.

Hong contends that the district court imposed a substantively unreasonable sentence in light of his substance abuse problems and the lack of any indication that he harmed anyone during the time he absconded from supervision. The district court did not abuse its discretion. See Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 51, 128 S.Ct. 586, 169 L.Ed.2d 445 (2007). The above-Guidelines sentence is substantively reasonable in light of the 18 U.S.C. § 3583(e) factors and the totality of the circumstances, including, as the district court highlighted, Hong's poor performance on supervision, the need to protect the public, and the need to afford adequate deterrence. See Gall, 552 U.S. at 51, 128 S.Ct. 586; United States v. Simtob, 485 F.3d 1058, 1062-63 (9th Cir. 2007).

To the extent Hong contends that his sentence is substantively unreasonable because the district court procedurally erred, we conclude there was no error. The district court's explanation for the sentence was adequate, see United States v. Carty, 520 F.3d 984, 992 (9th Cir. 2008) (en banc), and it reflects that the court considered the § 3583(e) sentencing factors and imposed the sentence to sanction Hong's breach of the court's trust rather than to punish him, see Simtob, 485 F.3d at 1062.


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