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Criminal Law: Murder-Upward Variance-Reasonableness of Sentence

Defendant pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of a minor family member placed in her custody following defendant’s extended physical abuse of the boy leading to his death. At sentencing, the government was granted its request for an upward departure from the guidelines range. On appeal, defendant challenged her sentence, double the guidelines range, as ...