Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit.
No. 2:16-cr-20098-1—George Caram Steeh, District Judge.
Argued: March 15, 2018
Decided and Filed: March 19, 2018
Before: MERRITT and SUTTON, Circuit Judges; CLELAND, District Judge.
SUTTON, Circuit Judge. Khalil Abu Rayyan pleaded guilty to federal gun charges. The
Sentencing Guidelines recommended a sentence between 15 and 21 months. The government
asked for a sentence of 96 months on the ground (among others) that Rayyan at one point had
planned to attack a local church. After a three-day hearing, the district court imposed a sentence
of 60 months, all explained in a 33-page opinion. Although Rayyan’s challenge to that sentence
raises not-inconsequential considerations—a substantial upward variance based in part on
uncharged conduct and a defendant’s online viewing habits and online communications—Judge
Steeh’s careful handling of this case does not exceed the discretion that sentencing law delegates
to the district courts. We affirm.