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Repatriated Federal Prisoner's Sentence Properly Calculated Under American Law

Sonny Odili, a federal prisoner, was sentenced to 100 months in a Panamanian prison after being caught grinding over 7,000 grams of cocaine so it could be smuggled into the U.S. He cooperated with Panamanian authorities in another prosecution but was tortured and beaten by Panamanian guards for two years, after which he was transferred to a U.S. prison. The U.S. Parole Commission (Commission) calculated his sentence at 97 to 121 months confinement with 15 months supervision to follow. It later reduced the confinement to 81 months but increased the supervision to 19 months because Odili had cooperated with Panamanian authorities. Odili appealed.

On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit found that Odili's mistreatment in the Panamanian prison didn't warrant a downward departure in his sentence. It also found that he was more than just a minor player in the smuggling operation, and that the amount of cocaine in his possession had not been miscalculated. Finally, the appellate court found no problem with the Commission increasing Odili's supervision by 4 months to compensate for a reduction in his confinement.

Hence, Odili's appeal was dismissed. See: Odili v. United States Parole Commission, 474 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2007).

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Odili v. United States Parole Commission