U.S. v. RAZA

No. 16-20624, Summary Calendar.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MOHAMMED TAIMOOR RAZA, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marjorie A. Meyers , for Defendant-Appellant.

Renata Ann Gowie , for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Carmen Castillo Mitchell , for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Amy Howell Alaniz , for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Scott Andrew Martin , for Defendant-Appellant.

Before: HIGGINBOTHAM, PRADO, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.


Mohammed Taimoor Raza appeals the revocation of his supervised release. Raza had pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release. One of the special conditions of supervision that Raza violated was that he would "provide travel information and follow through with exiting the United States under immigration officials' supervision."

The appropriate guidelines range was 5 to 11 months in prison for the revocation. The district court found that Raza had made no attempt to contact his parents to secure the information necessary to secure travel documents and told the probation officer that he, Raza, had no intention of getting the documents necessary for his deportation. The court departed from the guidelines and sentenced Raza to two years in prison.

On appeal Raza challenges the imposition of the above-guidelines sentence. We review a sentence imposed on revocation of supervised release under the plainly unreasonable standard, applying a two-step process. United States v. Warren, 720 F.3d 321, 326 (5th Cir. 2013). First, we ensure that the district court did not commit significant procedural error, such as selecting a sentence based on clearly erroneous facts. Id. If there is no procedural error, we then consider the substantive reasonableness of the sentence. Id. Raza argues that the sentence is based on the district court's unfounded beliefs and assumptions. He has not shown that any of the factual findings supporting his sentence are clearly erroneous and has not shown a procedural error in his sentencing. See id. Nor has Raza shown that the district court abused its discretion by imposing an unreasonable sentence. See United States v. Heard, 709 F.3d 413, 435 (5th Cir. 2013); Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 51 (2007).



* 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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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