Sentencing Guideline Case
For a sentence to be properly calculated, the Guidelines require a base offense level be established. If a defendant is convicted of multiple counts involving substantially the same harm, the counts may be grouped together to establish a single base offense level. United States Sentencing Commission, Guidelines Manual, § 3D.1.2 (Nov. 2011). To determine the offense level for the group, the offense levels for each count must first be calculated individually. The base offense level of the most serious count is then the base offense level for the group. U.S.S.G. § 3D1.3.
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