USA v. Angelica Mondragon
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [10-40467 Dismissed AS MOOT ] Judge: WED , Judge: JES , Judge: LHS Mandate pull date is 04/27/2011 for Appellant Angelica Marie Mondragon [10-40467]
Case: 10-40467 Document: 00511436131 Page: 1 Date Filed: 04/06/2011
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
April 6, 2011
Lyle W. Cayce
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ANGELICA MARIE MONDRAGON,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
Before DAVIS, SMITH, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges.
Angelica Mondragon pleaded guilty, pursuant to a written plea agreement,
to transporting an illegal alien within the United States for private financial
Pursuant to 5TH CIR . R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR .
Case: 10-40467 Document: 00511436131 Page: 2 Date Filed: 04/06/2011
gain. She argues that her sentence is unlawful because the district court did not
follow the terms of her plea agreement, which she asserts required the court to
grant a downward departure pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 5K3.1. Although Mondragon’s challenge to the legality of her sentence may be barred by the appellatewaiver provision in the agreement, the government has failed to invoke the
waiver with respect to this claim, so normally we would be able to review its
merits. See United States v. Story, 439 F.3d 226, 231 (5th Cir. 2006).
Because Mondragon received a short sentence of only ten months, she has
completed her term and thus has been released. Despite that she still must complete her three years’ supervised release, this appeal is moot, as explained in No.
08-10341, United States v. Boston, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6036, at *1-*4 (5th Cir.
Mar. 23, 2011) (per curiam) (unpublished). Our obligation to examine possible
mootness sua sponte, see id. at *1, leads us necessarily to dismiss the appeal for
want of jurisdiction in light of its mootness.
If we were to examine the merits, we would affirm. Mondragon has failed
to showSSunder any standardSSthat the refusal to grant a sentence reduction
under § 5K3.1 was contrary to the terms of the plea agreement. Mondragon also
contends the district court erred in assessing a two-level role adjustment pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 3B1.1(c) because, she says, the facts did not support that she
occupied a leadership role. She further asserts that the court imposed a harsher
sentence based on misleading facts in the presentence report and violated its obligations under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32(i)(3)(B) by not inquiring
into the accuracy of this erroneous information. These issues are barred by the
appeal waiver provision in the plea agreement.
The appeal is DISMISSED as moot.
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