USA v. Jermaine Stephens


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-20495 Affirmed ] Judge: CDK , Judge: JLD , Judge: GJC Mandate pull date is 08/03/2017 for Appellant Jermaine Clark Stephens [16-20495]

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Case: 16-20495 Document: 00514070847 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/13/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 16-20495 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fif h Circuit FILED July 13, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. JERMAINE CLARK STEPHENS, Defendant-Appellant Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas USDC No. 4:14-CR-576-2 Before KING, DENNIS, and COSTA, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Jermaine Clark Stephens pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery and was sentenced to serve 168 months in prison and a three-year term of supervised release. He argues that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by not challenging the inclusion of certain convictions in his criminal history score. Because he did not raise this issue in the district court, the record is not sufficiently developed to permit a fair evaluation of the claim, 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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. * Case: 16-20495 Document: 00514070847 Page: 2 Date Filed: 07/13/2017 No. 16-20495 and we decline to consider it without prejudice to collateral review. See United States v. Isgar, 739 F.3d 829, 841 (5th Cir. 2014). Additionally, Stephens argues that the district court’s guidelines calculations were plainly erroneous. The Government argues that consideration of this claim is precluded by the appeal waiver in the plea agreement. To determine whether an appeal of a sentence is barred by a waiver provision in a plea agreement, we analyze whether the waiver was knowing and voluntary and whether the waiver applies to the appeal, based on the plain language of the agreement. United States v. Bond, 414 F.3d 542, 544 (5th Cir. 2005). The record shows that the waiver was knowing and voluntary, and the waiver covers Stephens’s sentencing claim. Accordingly, consideration of this claim is barred by the appeal waiver. See id. AFFIRMED. 2

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