US v. Neil Johnson
UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. NEIL CALVIN JOHNSON, Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Florence. R. Bryan Harwell, District Judge. (4:07-cr-00900-RBH-1)
November 24, 2009
December 18, 2009
Before MICHAEL, MOTZ, and GREGORY, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Michael A. Meetze, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Florence, South Carolina; Aileen P. Clare, Research and Writing Specialist, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellant. Rose Mary Sheppard Parham, Assistant United States Attorney, Florence, South Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
PER CURIAM: Neil Calvin Johnson pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g), 924(e) (2006). of imprisonment. Johnson was sentenced to 180 months
On appeal, counsel has filed a brief pursuant
to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), asserting there are no meritorious grounds for appeal, but raising the following issues: (1) whether Johnson knowingly and voluntarily pled
guilty under Fed. R. Crim. P. 11, and (2) whether his sentence was reasonable. Johnson has filed a pro se supplemental brief
contesting the finding in his presentence report that he was an armed career criminal. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
First, we find no plain error in the district court's plea hearing. See Fed. R. Crim. P. 52(b); United States v.
General, 278 F.3d 389, 394 (4th Cir. 2002) (providing review standard where a defendant does not move to withdraw his guilty plea and later challenges his Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 plea
Second, we find no abuse of discretion in Johnson's See Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 51 (2007) We note that Johnson's 180-month sentence Finally, Johnson's claim
is the statutory minimum sentence.
that he was improperly found to be an armed career criminal is factually convictions inaccurate. which met Johnson the had at of a least three prior as
needed for the enhancement.
18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(1)(2)(B); see
generally Begay v. United States, __ U.S. __, 128 S. Ct. 1581, 1585-88 (2008) (discussing analysis of a violent felony). In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the entire record in this case and have found no meritorious issues for appeal. court. writing, Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the district This court requires that counsel inform his client, in 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 this court for leave to withdraw from representation. Counsel's motion must state
that a copy thereof was served on the client. oral argument because in the the facts and legal before
We dispense with contentions the court are and
argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED
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