By: Kaitlin Price

In U.S. v.  Williams, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the revocation of Defendant’s supervised release, but vacated the District Court’s sentence and remanded the case to resentencing because the district court used the wrong sentencing guidelines.

The Defendant, Ezekiel Elijah Williams, was sentenced to thirty-seven months of imprisonment for a Grade B violation of his supervised release. However, the court miscalculated the sentence.  Here, the defendant is a Category IV offender and committed a Grade B violation, thus the sentencing range should  have been between twelve and eighteen months.  When a court uses the wrong sentencing guidelines, it has committed a reversible error.  Thus, the Fourth Circuit vacated the sentence and remanded for resentencing.