US v. Anthony Pridgen

Filing 920100506

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-4944 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff Appellee, v. ANTHONY BYRON PRIDGEN, a/k/a Big Ant, Defendant Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at Florence. C. Weston Houck, Senior District Judge. (4:01-cr-00627-CWH-6; 4:06-cv-00166-CWH) Submitted: March 10, 2010 Decided: May 6, 2010 Before KING, GREGORY, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Dismissed in part; affirmed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion. D. Craig Brown, Florence, South Carolina, for Appellant. Marvin Jennings Caughman, Assistant United States Attorney, Columbia, South Carolina, Rose Mary Sheppard Parham, Assistant United States Attorney, Florence, South Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Anthony Byron Pridgen appeals the district court's amended judgment reducing his prison sentence from 292 months to 240 months after ordering that he be resentenced in his 28 U.S.C. 2255 (2006) proceeding. Pridgen's attorney has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), asserting, in his opinion, there are no meritorious grounds for appeal but raising the issue of whether the district court complied with 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) (2006) when it resentenced Pridgen to 240 months. Pridgen has filed a pro se supplemental brief raising the issue of whether the district court erred or abused its discretion when it refused to entertain his motion under 2255 and instead granted him a resentencing under United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005). We dismiss this appeal in part, and we affirm the district court's judgment. We review Pridgen's sentence under a deferential abuse-of-discretion standard. 38, 51 (2007). ensure that Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. The first step in this review requires us to the district court committed no significant procedural error. (4th Cir. 2009). United States v. Carter, 564 F.3d 325, 328 We then consider the substantive reasonableness of the sentence, taking into account the totality of the circumstances. Gall, 552 U.S. at 51. 2 At Pridgen's original sentencing, the district court sentenced him at the low end of his guideline range to 292 months in prison. his sentence to At resentencing, the district court reduced the statutory mandatory minimum term of 240 months. In explaining its sentence, the district court reviewed the 3553(a) factors and noted that the court considered the guideline range as advisory and looked to the 3553(a) factors in imposing the sentence. The court further explained that Booker did not remove the statutory mandatory minimum, and that the court had no discretion to sentence him below that minimum. Pridgen's attorney contends that if the district court had given greater deference to the 3553(a) factors, Pridgen would have received a lower sentence. without merit. We find this argument The district court had no discretion to sentence Pridgen below the statutory mandatory minimum, see United States v. Robinson, 404 F.3d 850, 862 (4th Cir. 2005), and his sentence to the statutory mandatory minimum is per se reasonable. See United States v. Farrior, 535 F.3d 210, 224 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 743 (2008). In his pro se supplemental brief, Pridgen questions whether the district court erred or abused its discretion when it refused to entertain his 2255 motion and instead granted him a Booker resentencing. The district court ordered the resentencing based on Pridgen's allegation and the Government's 3 concession that his appellate attorney may have been ineffective in not filing a timely petition for certiorari, and he was prejudiced as a result. remaining claims without The district court dismissed Pridgen's prejudice to him raising them in another 2255 motion after his sentence was final following direct review on his resentencing. To the extent that Pridgen challenges the propriety of the district court's 2255 relief on his ineffective assistance claim pertaining to the untimely petition for certiorari, we find no abuse of discretion by the district court. See United To the States v. Hadden, 475 F.3d 652, 666 (4th Cir. 2007). extent that he seeks to appeal the district court's decision to dismiss his remaining claims without prejudice, we have reviewed the record and conclude that he has failed to make a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2253(c) (2006). Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss this part of Pridgen's appeal. In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the entire record in this case and have found no meritorious issues for appeal. We therefore dismiss this appeal in part and affirm the This court requires that counsel district court's judgment. 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 4 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 was served on the client. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal before contentions the court are and adequately argument presented not in aid the the materials decisional would process. DISMISSED IN PART; AFFIRMED IN PART 5

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