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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Trent Scentail SMITH, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 20-30128

Decided: January 27, 2021

Before: McKEOWN, CALLAHAN, and BRESS, Circuit Judges. Leif Johnson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the US Attorney, Billings, MT, Paulette Lynn Stewart, Assistant U.S. Attorney, USHE - Office of the US Attorney, Helena, MT, for Plaintiff - Appellee Trent Scentail Smith, Pro Se


Trent Scentail Smith appeals pro se from the district court's order denying his motion for compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A). We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm.

Contrary to Smith's argument, the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying his motion.1 The district court considered the firearm enhancement applied to Smith's most recent conviction, Smith's history of comingling drugs and firearms, and physical altercations he has engaged in while incarcerated. It reasonably concluded that, even though Smith had demonstrated “extraordinary and compelling reasons,” a reduced sentence was not appropriate in light of the nature and circumstances of the offense, Smith's criminal history, and the need to protect the public. See 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) (district court must consider the applicable 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) sentencing factors when reviewing a motion for compassionate release); see also 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a)(1), (a)(2)(A), (C) (setting forth sentencing factors); United States v. Robertson, 895 F.3d 1206, 1213 (9th Cir. 2018) (a district court abuses its discretion only if its decision is illogical, implausible, or without support in the record).



1.   The denial of a motion for a sentence reduction under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) is reviewed for abuse of discretion. See United States v. Dunn, 728 F.3d 1151, 1155 (9th Cir. 2013). We accept, for purposes of this appeal, the government's undisputed assertion that the abuse of discretion standard also applies to denials under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A).

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