US v. Lucas

Filing 920071206

Opinion

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 07-4005 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus ROY KEITH LUCAS, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Columbia. Margaret B. Seymour, District Judge. (3:05-cr-00760-MBS) Submitted: November 14, 2007 Decided: December 6, 2007 Before KING, SHEDD, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. James P. Rogers, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellant. Stanley D. Ragsdale, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Roy Keith Lucas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C.A. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A), 846, and 851 (West 2000 & Supp. 2007), and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C.A. 924(c)(1) and 2 (West Supp. 2007). He received mandatory minimum sentences on both counts, for a total sentence of 300 months. Counsel 386 has U.S. filed 738 a brief pursuant to Anders are v. no the California, meritorious (1967), but concluding there grounds for appeal, questioning whether district court complied with Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure in accepting Lucas's guilty plea and whether the sentence imposed by the district court was reasonable. Lucas was advised of his right to file a pro se supplemental brief, but he has not done so. Finding no reversible error, we affirm. Lucas's counsel questions the adequacy of the court's Rule 11 colloquy but does not identify any specific error. Because Lucas did not move in the district court to withdraw his guilty plea, any appellate challenge to the Rule 11 hearing is reviewed for plain error. Cir. 2002). To United States v. Martinez, 277 F.3d 517, 525 (4th demonstrate plain error, an appellant must establish that an error occurred, that it was plain, and that it affected his substantial rights. United States v. Olano, 507 U.S. - 2 - 725, 731-32 (1993); United States v. Hughes, 401 F.3d 540, 547-48 (4th Cir. 2005). In the guilty plea context, to prove that an error is substantial, the defendant must show that he would not have pled guilty but for that error. Martinez, 277 F.3d at 532. Our review of the record reveals that the district court substantially complied with the requirements of Rule 11. Though the district court did not advise Lucas that he could not withdraw his plea if the sentence was longer than he expected, as required by Rule 11(c)(3)(B), we conclude this omission did not affect Lucas's substantial rights. Likewise, Lucas's counsel challenges the reasonableness of his sentence but points to no errors. This court will affirm a sentence if it "is within the statutorily prescribed range and is reasonable." United States v. Moreland, 437 F.3d 424, 432 (4th "[A] sentence within Cir.), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 2054 (2006). the proper advisory Guidelines range is presumptively reasonable." United States v. Johnson, 445 F.3d 339, 341 (4th Cir. 2006); see Rita v. United States, 127 S. Ct. 2456, 2462-69 (2007) (upholding application of rebuttable presumption of reasonableness to within-guidelines sentences). Because the district court sentenced Lucas to the statutory mandatory minimum sentences on each count of conviction, which were statutorily and required examining to the be served consecutively, after considering sentencing - 3 - guidelines and the relevant factors under 18 U.S.C. 3553(a), we find Lucas's sentence was reasonable. In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the entire record in this case and have found no meritorious issues for appeal. We therefore affirm Lucas's convictions and sentence. This court requires that counsel inform Lucas, in writing, of the right to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for further review. If he 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 We dispense with oral argument because the are and adequately argument presented not in aid the the was served on Lucas. facts and legal before contentions the court materials would decisional process. AFFIRMED - 4 -

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