In federal court, if a judge classifies a defendant as a career offender, the sentence is necessarily longer. In the case of Jason Lee, this meant 262 months (almost 22 years) to 327 months (27 years). Mr. Lee appealed the sentence, saying the state law statutes for his prior convictions were broader than the federal statutes the judge believed would have applied. The appellate court agreed with Lee and vacated the extreme sentences. To read more about this case, click on the following link.