USA v. Christopher Curi
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-20416 Affirmed ] Judge: TMR , Judge: PRO , Judge: JWE Mandate pull date is 03/31/2017 for Appellant Christopher Daniel Curi; granting motion for summary affirmance filed by Appellant Mr. Christopher Daniel Curi [8403745-2] [16-20416]
Date Filed: 03/10/2017
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
United States Court of Appeals
March 10, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
CHRISTOPHER DANIEL CURI,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Texas
USDC No. 4:15-CR-160-1
Before REAVLEY, OWEN, and ELROD, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM: *
Christopher Daniel Curi pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to
possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of
21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B) and 21 U.S.C. § 846, and was sentenced to 70
months of imprisonment and a four-year term of supervised release.
appeal, he argues that the factual basis for his guilty plea was inadequate
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH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. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 03/10/2017
because the Government failed to prove that he had knowledge of the
particular type and quantity of drugs involved in his offense.
As Curi concedes, his argument is foreclosed by United States v.
Betancourt, 586 F.3d 303, 308-09 (5th Cir. 2009), which held that FloresFigueroa v. United States, 556 U.S. 646 (2009), did not overturn United States
v. Gamez-Gonzalez, 319 F.3d 695 (5th Cir. 2003), and that the Government is
not required to prove knowledge of the drug type and quantity as an element
of an § 841 offense. See also United States v. Mata, 513 F. App’x 401, 402 (5th
Cir. 2013) (relying on Betancourt to reject as foreclosed a similar challenge to
a drug conspiracy conviction). 1
Accordingly, Curi’s motion for summary disposition is GRANTED, and
the district court’s judgment is AFFIRMED.
Although an unpublished opinion issued after January 1, 1996, is not controlling
precedent, it may be considered as persuasive authority. See Ballard v. Burton, 444 F.3d
391, 401 & n.7 (5th Cir. 2006) (citing 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4).
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