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United States v. Henry Bradley

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

August 1, 2018

United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
Benjamin Edward Henry Bradley, Defendant-Appellant.

          Argued: July 26, 2018

          Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville. No. 3:15-cr-00037-2-Aleta Arthur Trauger, District Judge.

         ARGUED:

          Sinéad Redmond, UNIVERITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Appellant.

          Cecil Woods VanDevender, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellee.

         ON BRIEF:

          Sinéad Redmond, Melissa M. Salinas, UNIVERITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Appellant.

          Cecil Woods VanDevender, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellee.

          Before: SUTTON, McKEAGUE, and KETHLEDGE, Circuit Judges.

          OPINION

          SUTTON, CIRCUIT JUDGE.

         Having pled guilty to distributing painkillers and laundering money, Benjamin Bradley challenges his sentence: a million-dollar forfeiture order and a 204- month prison term. He is right and wrong. Precedent forbids the joint-and-several nature of the forfeiture order, but his prison sentence was reasonable.

         I.

         Between 2012 and 2015, an eighteen-member trafficking ring ran opiate pills from Detroit to central Tennessee. On the Detroit end, Bradley and others collected pills. They would drive patients to the doctor, pay them for their prescription refills, and store the pills in various places, including a house Bradley owned. Bradley recruited Pamela O'Neal to live in the stash house and accept pill deliveries from several individuals. She received deliveries of 300 pills (usually oxycodone) every day between July 2014 and March 2015. Other participants handled similar amounts.

         The group shipped pills to a buyer in Nashville, Donald Buchanan, who sold the pills to redistributors. Buchanan deposited the payments into different bank accounts that belonged to Bradley, Bradley's wife, and Felicia Jones. Half of these accounts belonged to Jones, who would wait for a call from Buchanan or Bradley confirming a new payment was in her ...


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