United States v. Santano, No. 07-CR-874 (JBW), 2009 WL 1956227 (E.D.N.Y. July 6, 2009)
Santano pled guilty to a narcotics offense. Although he did not initially qualify for safety valve relief, he ultimately did. And the Court determined that he faced a Guidelines range of 87 to 108 months imprisonment. He was ultimately sentenced, however, to 37 months imprisonment.
Why? "The offense is serious. The defendant was a member of a gang that disturbed the peace and threatened the safety of a public housing project. He was extremely young during the time of his involvement in this drug sales operation. He has the benefit of considerable support from his family, who expressed that they are moving to a different community to assist in Santano's continued rehabilitation and reintegration into society. His former employer indicated that Santano is a talented barber and would have a job in his shop available to him upon his release. He is an intelligent individual who appears capable of leading a productive, law-abiding life."