United States v. Cowan, No. 09-CR-261 (JBW), 2010 WL 694098 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 18, 2010)
Cowan pled guilty to an illegal re-entry charge, for which he faced an advisory Guidelines range of imprisonment of between 41 and 51 months. Cowan was sentenced principally to time served (we do not know how long that was). Why?
Defendant, a citizen of Jamaica, was deported in 1991 after serving a term of imprisonment for conviction of a narcotics offense, which was committed when defendant was twenty-one years old. He illegally re-entered this country in 1997, to provide care for his ailing mother. Since that time, and until his arrest in March 2009 for driving without a license, he has lived and worked here without incident. He has been a law-abiding resident of this county. He has a good work history and a supportive family. Defendant's previous employers have made submissions attesting to his good character. He has provided financial, psychological, and physical support for his young children, including a seriously disabled child. Defendant has been in custody since his arrest. A sentence of time served reflects the seriousness of the offense and will promote respect for the law and provide just punishment.