2008 FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES MANUAL


CHAPTER 5 – PART A – SENTENCING TABLE

Introductory Commentary

         For certain categories of offenses and offenders, the guidelines permit the court to impose
either imprisonment or some other sanction or combination of sanctions. In determining the type
of sentence to impose, the sentencing judge should consider the nature and seriousness of the
conduct, the statutory purposes of sentencing, and the pertinent offender characteristics. A
sentence is within the guidelines if it complies with each applicable section of this chapter. The
court should impose a sentence sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to comply with the
statutory purposes of sentencing. 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a).

 

Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987.

SENTENCING TABLE

(in months of imprisonment)

 

  Criminal History Category (Criminal History Points)
 Offense
Level
I

(0 or 1)

II

(2 or 3)

 III

(4, 5, 6)

 IV

(7, 8, 9)

 V

(10, 11, 12)

 VI

(13 or more)

            
 

Zone A

10-60-6 0-6 0-6 0-6 0-6
20-60-6 0-6 0-6 0-6 1-7
30-60-6 0-6 0-6 2-8 3-9
           
40-60-6 0-6 2-8 4-10 6-12
50-60-6 1-7 4-10 6-12 9-15
60-61-7 2-8 6-12 9-15 12-18
           
70-62-8 4-10 8-14 12-18 15-21
80-64-10 6-12 10-16 15-21 18-24
Zone B94-106-12 8-14 12-18 18-24 21-27
           
106-128-14 10-16 15-21 21-27 24-30
Zone C118-1410-16 12-18 18-24 24-30 27-33
1210-1612-18 15-21 21-27 27-33 30-37
            
Zone D1312-1815-21 18-24 24-30 30-37 33-41
1415-2118-24 21-27 27-33 33-41 37-46
1518-2421-27 24-30 30-37 37-46 41-51
           
1621-2724-30 27-33 33-41 41-51 46-57
1724-3027-33 30-37 37-46 46-57 51-63
1827-3330-37 33-41 41-51 51-63 57-71
           
1930-3733-41 37-46 46-57 57-71 63-78
2033-4137-46 41-51 51-63 63-78 70-87
2137-4641-51 46-57 57-71 70-87 77-96
           
2241-5146-57 51-63 63-78 77-96 84-105
2346-5751-63 57-71 70-87 84-105 92-115
2451-6357-71 63-78 77-96 92-115 100-125
           
2557-7163-78 70-87 84-105 100-125 110-137
2663-7870-87 78-97 92-115 110-137 120-150
2770-8778-97 87-108 100-125 120-150 130-162
           
2878-9787-108 97-121 110-137 130-162 140-175
2987-10897-121 108-135 121-151 140-175 151-188
3097-121108-135 121-151 135-168 151-188 168-210
           
31108-135121-151 135-168 151-188 168-210 188-235
32121-151135-168 151-188 168-210 188-235 210-262
33135-168151-188 168-210 188-235 210-262 235-293
           
34151-188168-210 188-235 210-262 235-293 262-327
35168-210188-235 210-262 235-293 262-327 292-365
36188-235210-262 235-293 262-327 292-365 324-405
           
37210-262235-293 262-327 292-365 324-405 360-life
38235-293262-327 292-365 324-405 360-life 360-life
39262-327292-365 324-405 360-life 360-life 360-life
           
40292-365324-405 360-life 360-life 360-life 360-life
41324-405360-life 360-life 360-life 360-life 360-life
42360-life360-life 360-life 360-life 360-life 360-life
            
 43lifelife life life life life

 

Commentary to Sentencing Table

 

Application Notes:

1.      The Offense Level (1-43) forms the vertical axis of the Sentencing Table. The Criminal
History Category (I-VI) forms the horizontal axis of the Table. The intersection of the
Offense Level and Criminal History Category displays the Guideline Range in months of
imprisonment. “Life” means life imprisonment. For example, the guideline range
applicable to a defendant with an Offense Level of 15 and a Criminal History Category of
III is 24-30 months of imprisonment.

2.      In rare cases, a total offense level of less than 1 or more than 43 may result from
application of the guidelines. A total offense level of less than 1 is to be treated as an
offense level of 1. An offense level of more than 43 is to be treated as an offense level of 43.

3.      The Criminal History Category is determined by the total criminal history points from
Chapter Four, Part A, except as provided in §§4B1.1 (Career Offender) and 4B1.4 (Armed
Career Criminal). The total criminal history points associated with each Criminal History
Category are shown under each Criminal History Category in the Sentencing Table.

 

Historical Note: Effective November 1, 1987. Amended effective November 1, 1989 (see Appendix C, amendment 270); November 1, 1991
(see Appendix C, amendment 418); November 1, 1992 (see Appendix C, amendment 462).

 

 

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