Last Friday, Matthew Galluzzo achieved another great sentencing result for a client in a New York City federal case. The client had pleaded guilty to a long list of violent crimes, including participating in a robbery that resulted in a homicide. Pursuant to the federal Sentencing Guidelines, the client faced a recommended sentence of life. Taking several other factors into consideration, the Department of Probation recommended that the judge impose a sentence of 96 months, or eight years, instead of the life sentence recommended by the federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Mr. Galluzzo submitted a sentencing memorandum that the judge described at sentencing as “very compelling,” and sentenced the client to time served, equivalent to 51 months. The client – who had spent the last 4+ years in various facilities including MCC New York and MDC Brooklyn, was released from the courthouse and went straight home. Obviously, he was elated with the result, which about half of the sentence recommended by Probation and considerably less than that recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines.
Most federal defendants plead guilty. Indeed, statistics show that almost 98% of federal defendants plead guilty to some crime. Oftentimes, a defense attorney’s most valuable contribution in a case is at the sentencing phase. There, criminal defense attorneys must make the most persuasive case for leniency. Mr. Galluzzo spends time to really understand his client and his history in order to make the best arguments to the judge. As a result of his hard work, he consistently gets his clients sentences below those recommended by the US Sentencing Guidelines, with this last case being a particularly striking example.