USA v. Luis Ortega-Ortiz


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [17-10309 Affirmed] Judge: JLW, Judge: JLD, Judge: LHS. Mandate issue date is 11/15/2017 for Appellant Luis Ortega-Ortiz; granting motion for summary affirmance filed by Appellee USA [8549382-2]; denying motion to extend time to file appellee's brief filed by Appellee USA [8549382-3] [17-10309]

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Case: 17-10309 Document: 00514207950 Page: 1 Date Filed: 10/24/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 17-10309 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED October 24, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. LUIS ORTEGA-ORTIZ, Defendant-Appellant Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas USDC No. 4:16-CR-210-1 Before WIENER, DENNIS, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Luis Ortega-Ortiz appeals the 27-month sentence imposed following his guilty plea conviction for illegal reentry. He argues that he was convicted of an offense under 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a), and not under subsection (b), because the indictment did not allege that he was previously removed subsequent to a prior conviction, and he did not admit to such a conviction when he entered his guilty plea. Accordingly, he argues that his sentence is unconstitutional because it 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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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: 17-10309 Document: 00514207950 Page: 2 Date Filed: 10/24/2017 No. 17-10309 exceeds the statutory maximum sentence of two years under Section 1326(a). He concedes that this issue is foreclosed by Almendarez-Torres v. United States, 523 U.S. 224 (1998), but he seeks to preserve the issue for possible Supreme Court review because, he argues, subsequent Supreme Court decisions indicate that the Court may reconsider this issue. In Almendarez-Torres, 523 U.S. at 239–47, the Supreme Court held that for purposes of a statutory sentencing enhancement, a prior conviction is not a fact that must be alleged in an indictment or found by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. This court has held that subsequent Supreme Court decisions did not overrule Almendarez-Torres. See United States v. Wallace, 759 F.3d 486, 497 (5th Cir. 2014) (considering the effect of Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013)); United States v. Pineda-Arrellano, 492 F.3d 624, 625–26 (5th Cir. 2007) (considering the effect of Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000)). Thus, Ortega-Ortiz’s argument is foreclosed. Accordingly, the Government’s motion for summary affirmance is GRANTED, the Government’s alternative motion for an extension of time to file a brief is DENIED, and the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED. 2

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