Grant v. United States of America (INMATE 3)
ORDERED as follows: 1) The court ADOPTS the 18 Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge; 2) This 28 USC 2255 motion is DENIED, and this case is DISMISSED with prejudice. Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 8/12/2016. (wcl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FORTHE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
ALCHICO DEWAYNE GRANT,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CASE NO. 2:14-cv-682-WHA
This case is before the court on the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. #18),
entered on July 28, 2016, and the Petitioner’s Objection thereto (Doc. #19), filed on August 8,
2016. After conducting an independent evaluation and de novo review of the file in this case, the
court finds the objection to be without merit.
Grant, through his § 2255 counsel, argues that the Magistrate Judge’s Recommendation
to deny him relief erred by rejecting without an evidentiary hearing his claims that trial counsel,
Bruce Maddox, rendered ineffective assistance by (1) inducing him to plead guilty by assuring
him he would receive a sentence of no more than 15 years imprisonment and (2) failing to
advise him of the possibility the district court might impose consecutive sentences. Grant
maintains that the Recommendation improperly rejects these claims based on credibility
determinations regarding statements by Maddox in affidavits wherein Maddox refutes Grant’s
allegations. Grant contends that an evidentiary hearing is needed to resolve disputed factual
issues (i.e., who is telling the truth, Grant or Maddox).
Although the Recommendation quotes from trial counsel Maddox’s affidavit, it looked to
other matters in the record when denying Grant relief on the two claims noted above. The
Recommendation sets out the other matters which made an evidentiary hearing unnecessary and
which completely refuted Grant’s contentions. This court agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s
analysis and findings.
Therefore, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. The court ADOPTS the Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge.
2. This 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion is DENIED, and this case is DISMISSED with
DONE this 12th day of August, 2016.
s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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