US v. Graham

Filing 920071016

Opinion

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 07-4245 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus CINDY GRAHAM, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, at Statesville. Richard L. Voorhees, District Judge. (5:05-cr-00237-2)) Submitted: October 11, 2007 Decided: October 16, 2007 Before MICHAEL and SHEDD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. James S. Weidner, Jr., LAW OFFICE OF JAMES S. WEIDNER, JR., Charlotte, North Carolina, for Appellant. Amy Elizabeth Ray, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Asheville, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Cindy Graham pled guilty without a plea agreement to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 846 (2000). The district court sentenced Graham to eighty months in prison, her sentence to run concurrent to a state sentence she was currently serving. Graham's attorney has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), representing that there are no meritorious grounds for appeal, but raising the reasonableness of Graham's sentence as a possible ground for reversal. Graham was advised of her right to The file a pro se supplemental brief but has not done so. Government elected not to file a responding brief. error, we affirm. Finding no After a thorough Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 hearing before the magistrate judge, the district court applied the safety valve reduction to Graham's original guidelines range, gave Graham credit for time served in state prison on a related offense, considered the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) (2000) factors, and sentenced Graham to the low end of a properly calculated guidelines range. Graham's sentence to be reasonable. We find See United States v. Green, 436 F.3d 449, 455-57 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 2309 (2006); see also Rita v. United States, 127 S. Ct. 2456, 2462-65 (2007) (upholding the application of the presumption of - 2 - reasonableness afforded a sentence within a properly calculated guidelines range). In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the entire record in this case and have found no meritorious issues for review. We therefore affirm the district court's judgment. This court requires that counsel inform Graham in writing of her right to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for further review. If Graham requests that a petition be filed, but counsel believes that such a petition would be frivolous, then counsel may file a motion with 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 Graham. facts and legal before contentions the court materials would decisional process. AFFIRMED - 3 -

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