US v. Chad Spaur


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 3:09-cr-00051-JPB-DJJ-1 Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998424191] [09-5172]

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US v. Chad Spaur Doc. 0 Case: 09-5172 Document: 32 Date Filed: 09/14/2010 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 09-5172 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff Appellee, v. CHAD MICHAEL SPAUR, Defendant Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, at Martinsburg. John Preston Bailey, Chief District Judge. (3:09-cr-00051-JPB-DJJ-1) Submitted: August 13, 2010 Decided: September 14, 2010 Before NIEMEYER, SHEDD, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Affirmed in part; dismissed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion. Sherman L. Lambert, Sr., THE LAW OFFICES OF SHERMAN L. LAMBERT, SR., PLLC, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for Appellant. Betsy C. Jividen, Acting United States Attorney, Erin K. Reisenweber, Assistant United States Attorney, Martinsburg, West Virginia, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Case: 09-5172 Document: 32 Date Filed: 09/14/2010 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Chad Michael Spaur pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) (2006). court sentenced him to 146 months of imprisonment. The district On appeal, counsel has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), stating that there are no meritorious issues for appeal but questioning whether the district court erred in making factual findings at sentencing. Spaur was informed of his right to file a pro se supplemental brief but has not done so. The Government responds by relying on Spaur's waiver of We affirm appellate rights and moving to dismiss the appeal. the judgment below in part and dismiss the appeal in part. A defendant may waive the right to appeal if that waiver is knowing and intelligent. 492 F.3d 263, 270 (4th Cir. 2007). United States v. Poindexter, Generally, if the district court fully questions a defendant regarding the waiver of his right to appeal during the Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 colloquy, the waiver is valid and enforceable. United States v. Johnson, 410 F.3d 137, 151 (4th Cir. 2005); United States v. Wessells, 936 F.2d 165, 167-68 (4th Cir. 1991). The question of whether a defendant validly waived his right to appeal is a question of law that we review de novo. 162, 168 (4th Cir. 2005). 2 United States v. Blick, 408 F.3d Case: 09-5172 Document: 32 Date Filed: 09/14/2010 Page: 3 Our review of the record leads us to conclude that Spaur knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to appeal any sentence within the statutory maximum. Spaur's 146-month sentence is within the applicable twenty-year statutory maximum. 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(C) (2006). Moreover, the issue raised on We appeal is a sentencing issue within the scope of the waiver. therefore grant, in part, the Government's motion to dismiss, which is set forth in its brief, and dismiss Spaur's appeal of his sentence. Although the waiver provision in the plea agreement precludes our review of Spaur's sentence, it does not affect our review of any errors in Spaur's conviction that may be revealed by our review pursuant to Anders. The transcript of the plea colloquy discloses that the district court fully complied with the mandates of Rule 11 in accepting Spaur's guilty plea. The district court ensured that the plea was entered knowingly and voluntarily and was supported by an independent factual basis. See United States v. DeFusco, 949 F.2d 114, 116, 119-20 (4th Cir. 1991). Accordingly, as the record reveals no infirmity in the entry of Spaur's guilty plea, we affirm his conviction. In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the entire record in this case and have found no meritorious issues not covered by the plea agreement's waiver of appellate rights. We therefore affirm Spaur's conviction and dismiss the appeal of 3 Case: 09-5172 Document: 32 Date Filed: 09/14/2010 Page: 4 his sentence. This court requires that counsel inform his client, in writing, of the right to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for further review. that a petition be filed, but counsel If the client requests believes that such a petition would be frivolous, then counsel may move in this court for leave to withdraw from representation. Counsel's motion We must state that a copy thereof was served on the client. dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED IN PART; DISMISSED IN PART 4

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