United States v. Petit, No. 09-CR-455 (JBW), 2010 WL 17278222 (E.D.N.Y. April 9, 2010)
Petit pled guilty to having conspired to possess with intent to distribute MDMA, for which he faced an advisory Guidelines range of imprisonment of between 27 and 33 months. He was sentenced to five years probation. Why?
While the offense is a serious one, the defendant is a peaceable, well motivated young man, who has tried to make the best of a bad childhood. Defendant had abusive parents, and was raised in various foster homes from the age of six. He has no relationships or contact with his parents or any of his siblings. He now holds a steady job. Prior to the instant offense he had never had an encounter with the law.