Last week, a client of the Law Office of Matthew Galluzzo PLLC was very pleased to receive a very lenient sentence in a federal case involving charges of 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g). Our client – a 49-year-old man with several prior (but old) felony convictions – was arrested after shooting another person in the leg following a dispute on a Brooklyn sidewalk. The federal government charged him violating 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g) for possessing ammunition and having previously been convicted of a felony. The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance tape from nearby buildings, and a witness identified our client as the shooter. Initially, the prosecutors sought a sentence near the maximum, between 8 and 10 years in prison. After a lengthy period of negotiation, the client’s attorney, Matthew Galluzzo, secured a plea agreement for the client with a sentencing range of between 33-41 months under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. However, following the client’s guilty plea, it was up to the federal judge to decide his ultimate sentence (the Sentencing Guidelines are advisory but not mandatory).
Prior to the sentencing hearing, Mr. Galluzzo submitted a lengthy memorandum detailing the client’s difficult upbring, his long period of productive employment, his supportive family network, his remorse for the crime, and the terrible conditions the client had endured at MDC Brooklyn during the pendency of the case. The federal judge (Judge Donnelly) was thus persuaded to give our client a downward variance far below the sentencing Guidelines, in sentencing him to 24 months in prison. Given the time that he has already spent in custody, that amounts to a sentence only slightly longer than time served. The client was thrilled was this result and with the prospect of returning home to his wife and son soon.