Is a 51 Month Sentence for Illegal Re-Entry into the U.S. Proper?

Imagine a person released from prison in the United States, then placed on parole and deported, yet who illegally re-enters the United States.  The person then is sentenced to 51 months in prison because he had two prior convictions, making the illegal re-enter a third violation.  Is such a heavy sentence correctly calculated?  Read what an appellate court decided and its reasoning in the following case summary –

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