Do numerous consecutive sentences add up to the
statutory maximum, if each prior sentence is revoked? Or does the court start
the tally over, after each revocation?
In U.S. v.
Williams, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the prison
sentence of a woman who had been accused of bank robbery. The defendant claimed
that her sentence exceeded the statutory maximum. During the course of her
incarceration and supervised release, there had been several modifications made
to the sentence, largely due to her failure to comply with the terms of her
supervised release. As a result, the combined number of months she spent in
prison was 25 months, which she claimed was over the 24-month limit.
Here’s a primer on the facts: