US v. James Hagin
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting in part Motion to dismiss appeal [999887134-2]. Originating case number: 5:15-cr-00260-F-1. Copies to all parties and the district court. . [16-4136]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
JAMES OWEN HAGINS,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of North Carolina, at Raleigh.
James C. Fox, Senior
District Judge. (5:15-cr-00260-F-1)
September 13, 2016
September 16, 2016
Before TRAXLER, AGEE, and THACKER, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed in part, dismissed in part by unpublished per curiam
Thomas P. McNamara, Federal Public Defender, Eric J. Brignac,
Assistant Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, North Carolina, for
Appellant. Kristine L. Fritz, Jennifer P. May-Parker, Assistant
United States Attorneys, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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pornography, 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2), (b)(1) (2012).
court sentenced him to 235 months’ imprisonment. Counsel has filed
a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967),
stating that, in counsel’s view, there are no meritorious issues
for appeal, but questioning the reasonableness of the sentence.
Although advised of his right to file a pro se supplemental brief,
Hagins has not done so.
The Government has filed a motion to
dismiss the appeal based on the appeal waiver in Hagins’ plea
We affirm in part, and dismiss in part.
“A defendant may waive the right to appeal his conviction and
sentence so long as the waiver is knowing and voluntary.”
States v. Davis, 689 F.3d 349, 354 (4th Cir. 2012) (citing United
States v. Marin, 961 F.2d 493, 496 (4th Cir. 1992)).
the validity of an appeal waiver de novo, and we “will enforce the
waiver if it is valid and the issue appealed is within the scope
of the waiver.”
Id. at 354-55 (citing United States v. Blick, 408
F.3d 162, 168 (4th Cir. 2005)).
We have reviewed the plea agreement and the Fed. R. Crim. P.
11 hearing, and we conclude that Hagins’ guilty plea and his appeal
waiver were knowing and voluntary.
We therefore conclude that the
reasonableness of his sentence is foreclosed by the appellate
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Accordingly, we grant the Government’s motion to dismiss
the appeal, in part.
In accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the record for
any potentially meritorious, unwaived issues, and we have found
We therefore affirm Hagins’ conviction and dismiss the
appeal as to his sentence. This court requires that counsel inform
Hagins, in writing, of his right to petition the Supreme Court of
the United States for further review.
If Hagins 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 Hagins.
We dispense with oral argument
because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented
in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the
AFFIRMED IN PART;
DISMISSED IN PART
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