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United States v. Hutchinson

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division

September 22, 2014

United States of America,
v.
Nicole Hutchinson, Defendant.

OPINION AND ORDER

CAMERON McGOWAN CURRIE, Senior District Judge.

This matter is before the court on Defendant's letter, ECF No. 108, and motion for reconsideration, ECF No. 109, seeking an amendment of her sentence. Defendant seeks reconsideration of this court's denial of her earlier-filed motion for modification of her sentence to provide that she be placed on "Community Transition."

As noted in this court's order denying her earlier motion, Rule 35(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure permits a court to "correct a sentence that resulted from arithmetical, technical, or other clear error" within fourteen days after the oral announcement of the sentence. See Rules 35(a) and (c), Fed. R. Crim. P. The sentence was orally announced on September 12, 2013, and, accordingly, the deadline for any action by the court on a Rule 35(a) motion has passed. Therefore, the court is without jurisdiction to act upon Defendant's motion in this regard.

Apart from Rule 35(a), a district court has no jurisdiction to alter a defendant's term of imprisonment except as authorized by 18 U.S.C. § 3582 or 18 U.S.C. § 3742.

Title 18 United States Code § 3582(c) limits the court's authority to modify a final judgment that includes a sentence of imprisonment to three specific circumstances. See 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c) (the court can modify a judgment (1) upon motion of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") for statutorily-specified reasons, (2) upon motion of the government for substantial assistance, or (3) upon motion of the defendant or the BOP, or upon the court's own motion, because of a subsequent lowering of the applicable sentencing range). None of these circumstances applies to Defendant.

After an appeal, the court can modify a sentence if the sentence is found by the appellate court to have been imposed in violation of law or imposed as a result of an incorrect application of the sentencing guidelines, as provided for in 18 U.S.C. § 3742. Defendant did not appeal her conviction or sentence.

Defendant's motion for reconsideration does not allege that any of these circumstances applies. The court lacks jurisdiction to modify Defendant's sentence, and therefore, Defendant's motion for reconsideration is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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