US v. Stotts

Filing 920070103

Opinion

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 06-7216 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus ROBERT ELTON STOTTS, a/k/a Sugarbear, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Norfolk. Rebecca Beach Smith, District Judge. (2:95-cr-00049-RBS-7) Submitted: December 21, 2006 Decided: January 3, 2007 Before NIEMEYER, WILLIAMS, and KING, Circuit Judges. Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Robert Elton Stotts, Appellant Pro Se. Charles Philip Rosenberg, United States Attorney, Alexandria, Virginia; Kevin Michael Comstock, Assistant United States Attorney, Norfolk, Virginia, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Robert Elton Stotts appeals the district court's order denying his motion filed under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) (2000). In criminal cases, a defendant must file his notice of appeal within ten days of the entry of judgment. Fed. R. App. P. 4(b)(1)(A); United States v. Alvarez, 210 F.3d 309, 310 (5th Cir. 2000) (holding that 3582 proceeding is criminal in nature and ten-day appeal period applies and collecting cases adopting rule). With or without a motion, the district court may grant an extension of up to thirty days to file a notice of appeal upon a showing of excusable neglect or good cause. Fed. R. App. P. 4(b)(4); United These time States v. Reyes, 759 F.2d 351, 353 (4th Cir. 1985). periods are mandatory and jurisdictional. The district court entered its order denying the 3582(c)(2) motion on May 8, 2006. expired on May 22, 2006. filed his notice of The ten-day appeal period Stotts 23, See Fed. R. App. P. 26(a)(2). at the earliest, on appeal, June 2006--outside both the ten-day appeal period and the thirty-day excusable neglect period, which expired on June 21, 2006. Therefore, Stotts' notice of appeal was not timely filed. Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and - 2 - legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process. DISMISSED - 3 -

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