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In SDNY Youthful Offender Crime Qualifies Starkes As Career Offender Leading to 100 Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 31 –     Quentin Starkes was charged with drug sales and rackeeting conspiracy in 2017. He reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York which stated a sentencing guideline of 100 to 125 months.

   But then his pre-sentencing report went higher, finding a convention as a youthful offender which it said qualified to make him a career offender.

   On October 31 SDNY Judge Lorna G. Schofield agreed, and said the correct guidelines were 188 to 235 months - which, she hastened to say, she was not required to follow, under Booker and its progeny.  

And she did not. Citing the 100 and 110 months given to co-defendants, Judge Schofield gave what she called a below guidelines sentence of 100 months.

    Starkes was said to have been raised by a foster mother - who to her credit adopted him - and to have been diagnosed as emotional disturbed. Fights in prison were cited.

Judge Schofield said she wished she had more tools than sentencing, and specifically chided the Department of Education for having ill-served Starkes. He was led out of the courtroom in shackles, for 100 months. The case is US v. Starkes, 17-cr-610 (Schofield).


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