Sentencing Reform Act

Ross’ appeal referenced the Sentencing Reform Act, which requires that a judge impose a sentence that is “sufficient, but not greater than necessary.” In Ross’ sentencing, the judge failed to provide any basis for a life sentence as necessary.
This act was passed by Congress to provide fairness in sentencing and avoid disparities among defendants with similar charges.  An extremely harsh sentence like this, far beyond the norm, is what this act of Congress was created to avoid.