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Court Must ‘Individualize’ Sentences (access required)

A district court erred in handing down identical sentences to three defendants convicted in a convenience-store-robbery spree over a four-day period in Fayetteville, N.C.; the 4th Circuit says the trial court committed procedural error because it offered no individualized rationale to justify the sentences it imposed. Because we conclude the sentences were procedurally unreasonable, we address ...

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