about the use of handguns in committing crimes. One of the major arguments of our day is the people who feel very strongly that they should have the constitutional right to use firearms to protect themselves, their homes or even for recreation, for hunting, for sport, for competition, and other people who are reasonably and appropriately concerned about the misuse of firearms, particularly within the urban areas, and particularly handguns, and the legislative bodies are constantly beseeched to do something about this problem.
One of the things that I think the Congress of the United States has firmly decided is to in fact say, "well, we are not going to pass firearms control legislation, but we are surely going to deter the misuse of them by providing within the criminal, federal criminal justice system for serious sentences for the people who do it in order to deter it from happening, and they're giving the federal judges the responsibility of seeing to it that that legislative message is effected within the court system.
I feel that very, very strongly, that I have a responsibility to see to it that the people's preference as represented by the people in Congress on this issue is carried out.
Now, I will tell you that I am among those who had to deal with these problems many years ago and I know the dilemma that the people are confronted with, but you, sir, are one of the worst examples that's come in front of me. You're a career criminal. You're in your mid 30s, 37, 36 years old, and you have been committing crimes since you were a teenager, the ones that we know about.
If you have been caught and convicted of four armed robberies, and six -- six robberies, two of them -- let's see, four armed robberies, of which two were bank robberies, and two other bank robberies, each of which with intimations of possession of weapons, one of which your note with your own fingerprints on it said, "I have a gun" -- Mr. Hogan began points out to me we are not counting that as an armed bank robbery -- but I believe your note on this record. I believe you had a gun. You said you did and you sure did every other time, with the possible exception of once. I have got no reason to believe that you weren't armed all the time.
I have got no reason to believe there weren't times you weren't caught, because you're not that stupid. You're smart. And I don't believe you were caught every single time you have done something wrong, but even if I take that as a fact, you, sir, are a dangerous man, a dangerous career criminal, and I'm sentencing you accordingly.
On Count 1, violation of 18 USC 2113(a) and (d), I'm sentencing you to 25 years.
On Count 3, 18 USC Appendix II, 1202(a). I am sentencing you consecutively to Count 1 to life imprisonment.
On Count 2, I'm sentencing you consecutively to five years.
All right. Now, you have the right to appeal. If you're indigent or become indigent, you have a right to court-appointed counsel if you make your motion and it's allowed.
You have to file your motion within ten days. You should talk to Mr. Schlesinger about it.
The Court enters judgment on the verdict, judgment on the sentence.
MR. HOGAN: Your Honor, there is just one additional matter, if I might. I don't recall --
THE COURT: Excuse me, there is also a mandatory requirement, I believe, of fifty dollars costs on each of the three counts.
MR. HOGAN: I don't recall as I stand here whether the Court denied Mr. Schlesinger's post-trial motions, but for the record I would ask that that be done.
THE COURT: Do you want to argue those at all, Mr. Schlesinger?
MR. SCHLESINGER: I rest on the written motion, Judge.
THE COURT: They're denied.
MR. HOGAN: Thank you, your Honor.
MR. SCHLESINGER: Would the Court consider allowing the Defendant some time here in the MCC?
THE COURT: No, sir.
MR. SCHLESINGER: Thank you, Judge.
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