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.

PART A - SENTENCING TABLE

The Sentencing Table used to determine the guideline range follows:

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

1

0-6

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

2

0-6

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

 

1-7

3

0-6

0-6

 

0-6

 

0-6

 

2-8

 

3-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

0-6

0-6

 

0-6

 

2-8

 

4-10

 

6-12

5

0-6

0-6

 

1-7

 

4-10

 

6-12

 

9-15

6

0-6

1-7

 

2-8

 

6-12

 

9-15

 

12-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

0-6

2-8

 

4-10

 

8-14

 

12-18

 

15-21

8

0-6

4-10

 

6-12

 

10-16

 

15-21

 

18-24

Zone B

9

4-10

6-12

 

8-14

 

12-18

 

18-24

 

21-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

6-12

8-14

 

10-16

 

15-21

 

21-27

 

24-30

Zone C

11

8-14

10-16

 

12-18

 

18-24

 

24-30

 

27-33

12

10-16

12-18

 

15-21

 

21-27

 

27-33

 

30-37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zone D

13

12-18

15-21

 

18-24

 

24-30

 

30-37

 

33-41

14

15-21

18-24

 

21-27

 

27-33

 

33-41

 

37-46

15

18-24

21-27

 

24-30

 

30-37

 

37-46

 

41-51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

21-27

24-30

 

27-33

 

33-41

 

41-51

 

46-57

17

24-30

27-33

 

30-37

 

37-46

 

46-57

 

51-63

18

27-33

30-37

 

33-41

 

41-51

 

51-63

 

57-71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

30-37

33-41

 

37-46

 

46-57

 

57-71

 

63-78

20

33-41

37-46

 

41-51

 

51-63

 

63-78

 

70-87

21

37-46

41-51

 

46-57

 

57-71

 

70-87

 

77-96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

41-51

46-57

 

51-63

 

63-78

 

77-96

 

84-105

23

46-57

51-63

 

57-71

 

70-87

 

84-105

 

92-115

24

51-63

57-71

 

63-78

 

77-96

 

92-115

 

100-125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

57-71

63-78

 

70-87

 

84-105

 

100-125

 

110-137

26

63-78

70-87

 

78-97

 

92-115

 

110-137

 

120-150

27

70-87

78-97

 

87-108

 

100-125

 

120-150

 

130-162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

78-97

87-108

 

97-121

 

110-137

 

130-162

 

140-175

29

87-108

97-121

 

108-135

 

121-151

 

140-175

 

151-188

30

97-121

108-135

 

121-151

 

135-168

 

151-188

 

168-210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

108-135

121-151

 

135-168

 

151-188

 

168-210

 

188-235

32

121-151

135-168

 

151-188

 

168-210

 

188-235

 

210-262

33

135-168

151-188

 

168-210

 

188-235

 

210-262

 

235-293

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

151-188

168-210

 

188-235

 

210-262

 

235-293

 

262-327

35

168-210

188-235

 

210-262

 

235-293

 

262-327

 

292-365

36

188-235

210-262

 

235-293

 

262-327

 

292-365

 

324-405

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37

210-262

235-293

 

262-327

 

292-365

 

324-405

 

360-life

38

235-293

262-327

 

292-365

 

324-405

 

360-life

 

360-life

39

262-327

292-365

 

324-405

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

292-365

324-405

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

41

324-405

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

42

360-life

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

360-life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

life

life

 

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).