US v. Terry Speller
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to dismiss appeal [999961734-2] Originating case number: 4:15-cr-00046-F-1. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . [16-4163]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
TERRY LAMONT SPELLER,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of North Carolina, at Greenville. James C. Fox, Senior
District Judge. (4:15-cr-00046-F-1)
March 7, 2017
May 12, 2017
Before WYNN and HARRIS, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Thomas P. McNamara, Federal Public Defender, Stephen C. Gordon,
Assistant Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, North Carolina, for
Jennifer P. May-Parker, Assistant United States
Attorney, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Terry Lamont Speller seeks to appeal his conviction and
Speller waived his right to an indictment and pled
guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to a criminal information
charging him with health care fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C.
§ 1347 (2012) and engaging in monetary transactions involving
criminally derived property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957
Speller’s attorney has filed a brief pursuant to Anders
meritorious grounds for appeal but raising sentencing issues.
Speller has filed a pro se supplemental brief arguing that the
district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction because he did
not waive his right to an indictment, and the court erred in
finding facts in sentencing him.
The Government has moved to
dismiss the appeal as barred by Speller’s waiver of the right to
appeal included in the plea agreement.
We dismiss the appeal.
party should receive the benefit of its bargain.”
v. Blick, 408 F.3d 162, 173 (4th Cir. 2005) (internal quotation
marks and citation omitted).
“A defendant may waive the right
to appeal his conviction and sentence so long as the waiver is
knowing and voluntary.”
United States v. Copeland, 707 F.3d
522, 528 (4th Cir. 2013) (internal quotation marks and citation
“We review the validity of an appeal waiver de novo,
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appealed is within the scope of the waiver.”
quotation marks and citations omitted).
Upon review of the plea agreement and the transcript of the
Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 hearing, we conclude that Speller knowingly
and voluntarily waived his right to appeal his conviction and
sentence, and the issues he seeks to appeal are within the scope
of the waiver. ∗
Moreover, in accordance with Anders, we have
reviewed the record for any potentially meritorious issues that
might fall outside the scope of the waiver and have found none.
Accordingly, we grant the Government’s motion to dismiss
This court requires that counsel inform his or her
client, in writing, of his or her 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 in
this court for leave to withdraw from representation.
motion must state that a copy thereof was served on the client.
To the extent that any of Speller’s pro se issues fall
outside the scope of the waiver, they are plainly without merit.
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contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the
court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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