Allahjuan Calhoun Pleads Guilty to Failure to Appear, Admits to Violating Supervised Release

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The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Allahjuan Calhoun, 32, of Yonkers, New York, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to a charge of failure to appear.  District Judge Christina Reiss ordered that Calhoun be detained pending his sentencing next March 21.  At today’s hearing, Calhoun also admitted that he violated conditions of his federal supervised release on a related case.  Based on that admission, Judge Reiss sentenced Calhoun to six months of imprisonment.  Calhoun has already served about five and one-half months since his arrest on a bench warrant last summer.

According to court records, in 2020, Calhoun pleaded guilty in Vermont to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Judge Reiss sentenced Calhoun to 26 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a two-year period of supervised release.  Calhoun completed his prison term in 2021.  Soon after, the U.S. Probation Office filed a petition to revoke Calhoun’s supervised release because, among other things, he repeatedly smoked marijuana in violation of his conditions.  

The court scheduled a final hearing on the motion to revoke Calhoun’s supervised release for March 22, 2022 in Burlington.  Although he was aware of the court date, Calhoun failed to appear as required and the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest.  Calhoun was arrested on the warrant in late June.  On October 27, a grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Calhoun with failure to appear.  Calhoun pleaded guilty to that charge at today’s arraignment.

Calhoun faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.  The actual sentence will be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.  By law, any sentence on the failure to appear charge must run consecutively to Calhoun’s supervised release violation sentence.

Calhoun is represented by Assistant Federal Defender Mary Nerino.  The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.