US v. Michael Speed
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:10-cr-00700-JFM-1. Copies to all parties and the district court. . [16-4520]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore.
J. Frederick Motz, Senior District Judge. (1:10-cr-00700-JFM-1)
Submitted: March 23, 2017
Decided: April 7, 2017
Before NIEMEYER, KING, and KEENAN, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Mirriam Z. Seddiq, MIRRIAM Z. SEDDIQ, LLC, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for
Appellant. Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney, Christine Goo, Special Assistant
United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Michael Speed pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to one count each of
possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
(2012); and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation
of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) (2012). After Speed entered his guilty plea but before he was
sentenced, the parties agreed that circumstances justified allowing Speed to withdraw and
reenter the guilty plea. The district court allowed Speed to withdraw and reenter his
guilty plea, and ultimately sentenced Speed to 132 months in prison. Speed now argues
that the district court committed plain error when it allowed Speed to withdraw his guilty
plea without first considering the factors set forth in Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(d) and United
States v. Moore, 931 F.2d 245 (4th Cir. 1991).
Because Speed received what he
requested in the district court, i.e., the opportunity to withdraw and reenter his guilty plea,
and since Speed and the Government agreed there was a “fair and just reason” for
Speed’s original guilty plea to be vacated, we find Speed’s assertions to be meritless.
Thus, we affirm the district court’s amended judgment. 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 decisional process.
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