US v. Spears

Filing 920060828


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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 05-5179 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus RICHARD EUGENE Trashmouth, SPEARS, a/k/a Trash, a/k/a Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Durham. William L. Osteen, Senior District Judge. (CR-94-185-WLO) Submitted: August 24, 2006 Decided: August 28, 2006 Before KING, SHEDD, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Louis C. Allen, Federal Public Defender; John A. Dusenbury, Jr., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Appellant. Anna Mills Wagoner, United States Attorney; Angela Hewlett Miller, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. See Local Rule 36(c). PER CURIAM: In 1995, Richard Eugene Spears was convicted on drugrelated charges and received a seventy-two-month sentence, to be followed by ten years of supervised release. original term of supervised release was In August 2001, his revoked and he was sentenced to seven months of imprisonment to be followed by a supervised release term of two years. In November 2002, his second term of supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to sixteen months followed by three years of supervised release. In April 2004, and later in August 2005, Spears' probation officer filed petitions to revoke Spears' supervised release based on At his violations of several supervised release conditions. revocation hearing, Spears did not contest the allegations in the petitions. The district court found that Spears had committed the The court charged violations and revoked his supervised release. sentenced Spears to thirty-two months in prison, with no supervised release term to follow the sentence. On accordance appeal, Spears' v. attorney has 386 filed U.S. a brief in with Anders California, 738 (1967), contending that the district court erred when it imposed a sentence outside the range recommended by the Chapter 7 advisory policy statement but stating that there are no meritorious issues for appeal. Although Spears was advised of his right to file a pro se brief, he has not done so. - 2 - We recently held in United States v. Crudup, F.3d , 2006 WL 2243586 (4th Cir. Aug. 7, 2006), that we review sentences imposed upon the revocation of supervised release to determine whether the sentence is "plainly unreasonable." In this case, Spears' sentence was below the statutory maximum of thirtyseven months imprisonment, the court considered the Chapter 7 advisory policy statement range, and the court stated a proper basis for its conclusion that Spears be sentenced to thirty-two months of imprisonment. See Crudup, 2006 WL 2243586, at *5. Specifically, the court noted that Spears received a downward departure at his original sentence and this was his third revocation of supervised release. Because Spears' sentence was neither procedurally nor substantively unreasonable, we find that his sentence is not plainly unreasonable. As required by Anders, we have reviewed the entire record and have found no meritorious issues for appeal. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's order revoking Spears' supervised release and imposing a thirty-two-month sentence. This court requires that counsel inform his client, in writing, of his right to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for further review. If the client requests that a petition be filed, but counsel believes that such a petition would be frivolous, then counsel may move in this court for leave to withdraw from representation. Counsel's motion must state that a copy thereof - 3 - was served on the client. We dispense with oral argument because are adequately presented in the argument would not aid the the facts and legal contentions materials before the court and decisional process. AFFIRMED - 4 -

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