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Date: 11-18-2021

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United States of America v. Vonzel Rayford

Case Number: 20-2636

Judge: Per Curiam - Before Kelly, Melloy and Grasz, Circuit Judges

Court: United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit
On appeal from The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Springfield

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

Defendant's Attorney:

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Vonzel Rayford appeals the sentence the district court imposed after he
pleaded guilty to a firearm offense. His counsel has moved to withdraw, and has filed
a brief under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), challenging the calculation
of Rayford’s criminal history and the substantive reasonableness of his sentence.
We conclude that the district court did not clearly err in adding 3 points to
Rayford’s criminal history based on his 2000 federal conviction. See United States
v. Townsend, 408 F.3d 1020, 1022 (8th Cir. 2005) (standards of review); see also
U.S.S.G. §§ 4A1.2(e)(1) (for computing criminal history, any prior prison sentence
exceeding 1 year and 1 month that resulted in defendant being incarcerated within 15
years of defendant’s commencement of instant offense is counted); 4A1.2(k)(2)
(relevant time period for calculation is date of release from incarceration resulting
from revocation of, inter alia, supervised release). We further conclude that the
district court did not impose an unreasonable sentence, as the court properly
considered the factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a); and there is no indication the
court considered an improper or irrelevant factor, or committed a clear error in
weighing relevant factors. See United States v. Salazar-Aleman, 741 F.3d 878, 881
(8th Cir. 2013) (discussing appellate review of sentencing decisions)

Outcome: Finally, after reviewing the record independently under Penson v. Ohio, 488
U.S. 75 (1988), we find no nonfrivolous issues for appeal. Accordingly, we grant
counsel’s motion to withdraw, and we affirm.

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