The petition was filed pro se by Jakub Lonski, a Canadian citizen. He was convicted of a federal drug-related offense in California and sentenced to 42 months in prison. His alien status rendered him ineligible for drug treatment programs and residential re-entry programs. Claiming the denial of these benefits made his sentence more “harsh” than the ones imposed on citizen-prisoners, Lonski asked to have his sentence reduced by six months to account the time he would spend in custody awaiting deportation.
The Tenth Circuit said that as Lonski attacked the execution of the sentence and its length, the claim was cognizable under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, not § 2241. Additionally, Lonski changed his argument, and the court refused to consider arguments brought for the first time on appeal. The district court’s order dismissing the petition was affirmed.
See: Lonski v. United States, 447 Fed.Appx. 871 (10th Cir. 2011).
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Lonski v. United States
|Cite||447 Fed.Appx. 871 (10th Cir. 2011)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|