USA v. Terrance Dotson

Filing 2

Opinion

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NONPRECEDENTIAL DISPOSITION To be cited only in accordance with Fed. R. App. P. 32.1 United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit Chicago, Illinois 60604 Submitted March 25, 2009 Decided March 25, 2009 Before WILLIAM J. BAUER, Circuit Judge TERENCE T. EVANS, Circuit Judge JOHN DANIEL TINDER, Circuit Judge No. 082452 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PlaintiffAppellee, v. TERRANCE TERRELL DOTSON, DefendantAppellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. No. 0710125 Michael M. Mihm, Judge. O R D E R Terrance Dotson pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute. See 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). A straightforward application of the sentencing guidelines would have otherwise yielded an imprisonment range of 140 to 175 months, but the district court sentenced him to the 20year statutory minimum triggered by the quantity of crack and his prior drug felony conviction, see id. 841(b)(1)(A)(iii). Dotson filed a notice of appeal, but his appointed appellate counsel now seeks to withdraw because he cannot discern a nonfrivolous basis for appeal. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967). We invited Dotson to comment on counsel's motion, but he did not respond. See CIR. R. 51(b). We therefore address only the potential issues identified in counsel's supporting brief. See United States v. Schuh, 289 F.3d 968, 97374 (7th Cir. 2002). No. 082452 Page 2 Counsel first contemplates challenging several aspects of the colloquy conducted by the district court before accepting Dotson's guilty plea. See Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b). But Dotson has given no indication that he wishes to have his plea vacated, and, thus, we need not consider this potential argument. See United States v. Knox, 287 F.3d 667, 671 (7th Cir. 2002). Counsel also considers arguing that Dotson's prison sentence is unreasonable, but because Dotson received the statutory minimum term, any such contention would be frivolous. See United States v. Duncan, 479 F.3d 924, 930 (7th Cir. 2007). Accordingly, we GRANT counsel's motion to withdraw and DISMISS the appeal.

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