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Leshay Rhoton, now 36, has served nine years of a 20-year sentence imposed in 2013 for her minor role in a drug conspiracy. If Ms. Rhoton were to be sentenced today, she would receive a sentence significantly lower than her original sentence because of changes wrought by the First Step Act and a recent circuit holding that would change her sentencing guideline calculation. Her long sentence was driven by the prosecutor’s decision to threaten Ms. Rhoton with a mandatory life sentence if she elected to go to trial - a classic example of the trial penalty in action. Ms. Rhoton had no choice but to accept 20 years to avoid spending the rest of her life behind bars. In prison, Ms. Rhoton has an excellent record of programming, discipline and personal development. She has an excellent release plan with a supportive family and affirmative employment offers.