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Appellate court finds error in drug sentencing

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Finding the District Court committed three significant errors at sentencing, Jackie Yong Lee's sentence has been vacated. Lee was a co-conspirator in one of the island's largest drug trafficking rings. She was sentenced to eight years in prison for her involvement in bringing crystal meth from California to Guam. 

The 9th Circuit Court found that the District Court failed to use the sentencing guidelines as a starting point when determining Lee's sentence.  Additionally it held that the District Court incorrectly calculated the guidelines range and failed to determine a revised minimum sentence. 

Lee's eight-year sentence was vacated and her case was remanded for sentencing again.

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