USA v. Haynes
Order, Set/Reset Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF ALASKA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BILLY WAYNE HAYNES,
ORDER FROM CHAMBERS
[Additional Findings of Fact]
At docket 15, defendant Billy Wayne Haynes moved to suppress evidence
obtained from four searches conducted in Sitka, Alaska. The first search was of a trailer
located on Space 8 in the Vitskari Trailer Court which was conducted pursuant to the
consent given by Marcel Prato, the owner of the trailer park. Magistrate Judge
Pallenberg conducted two evidentiary hearings relating to the searches. Thereafter, he
filed a report setting out his findings of fact, and recommending that the motion be
denied.1 Upon review, this court agreed, adopted the recommended findings of fact,
and denied the motion.2 Haynes filed a motion for reconsideration based upon
evidence which he had been unable to present at the original evidentiary hearings.3
This court granted Haynes request to hear the evidence which was the testimony
of Jeremy Beebe. Beebe, who is in state custody on a felony drug charge, was
transported to Anchorage, and testified on October 31, 2006. Because some of
Beebe’s testimony seemed to conflict with testimony earlier given by Marcel Prato, the
court permitted plaintiff to re-call Prato, who testified telephonically on November 1,
2006. This order amends and expands the findings of fact originally made by
Magistrate Judge Pallenberg and adopted by this court.
II. FINDINGS OF FACT
After hearing the new evidence, this court once again adopts most of the findings
of fact made by the magistrate judge. Specifically, this court again adopts his findings
of fact set out in the paragraphs numbered, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 12 thru 31 of the
magistrate judge’s report.4 In place of Magistrate Judge Pallenberg’s findings 4, 6, 8,
and 11, this court finds the facts below which have been given the corresponding
paragraph numbers. In addition, this court finds the facts set out in paragraphs 11.1
through 11.5 below.
4. Mr. Prato did not give anyone permission to stay in the trailer, but
neither did he tell Mr. Beebe that nobody could stay in the trailer. The
topic did not come up because the trailer was not suitable for habitation at
that point in time.
6. Mr. Prato had been renting Space 8 to Mr. Beebe before the trailer was
moved onto the space. There was no written lease, only an oral
agreement. Mr. Beebe used Space 8 to store vehicles and other property.
The space rental of $200 per month was paid via a payroll deduction from
Mr. Beebe’s pay at Baranof Motors which was owned by Mr. Prato. When
the trailer was moved onto Space 8, Mr. Beebe’s property was moved
aside so the trailer could be placed on the foundation in the middle of the
space. A deduction of $200 was made from Mr. Beebe’s pay at the end of
January. That payment is found to be a payment for the month of
February, not January for three reasons: it was Mr. Prato’s practice to
Doc. 54 at pp. 2-8.
collect space rentals in advance, Mr. Beebe testified that he paid for
February, and Mr. Prato could not say whether the payment was for
January or February. Mr. Beebe did not pay rent for the trailer for
8. Mr. Prato had paid the entire purchase price for the trailer, which was
in excess of $7,000. In February of 2006, he was its owner. He did not
give Mr. Beebe or any other person permission to reside in the trailer.
Mr. Prato believed he had the right to enter the trailer in February of 2006.
11. Mr. Prato had entrusted the only key he had to the trailer to
Mr. Beebe. Mr. Beebe had a copy of the key made and entrusted the
copied key to his friend, defendant Haynes. The key Mr. Ford provided to
the officers was Mr. Beebe’s key. Mr. Beebe had given all his keys to his
half-brother, Mr. Ford, for safe-keeping before Mr. Beebe went to jail.
11.1 Mr. Prato had an oral agreement with Mr. Beebe pursuant to which
Mr. Beebe was to remodel the trailer so that it could be occupied. The
agreement gave Mr. Beebe an option to purchase the trailer when the
remodeling work was complete, or to be paid for his work out of the
proceeds of a sale of the trailer to a third party. If Mr. Beebe chose to
purchase the trailer, his work on it would be treated as the equivalent of a
11.2 Prior to February 21, 2006, Mr. Beebe had installed blocking for the
trailer at its location on Space 8 after it had been delivered there by a
trailer mover. Mr. Beebe was doing some other work on the trailer in
February, but the extent of the work is unclear. He definitely did not install
plumbing in the trailer in February.
11.3 Mr. Haynes had been given permission by Mr. Beebe to stay in the
trailer in February. Mr. Haynes was never given permission to stay in the
trailer by Mr. Prato.
11.4 After Mr. Beebe was released from jail, he went back to work for
Mr. Prato at Baranof Motors. He continued to work there until he started
serving his state sentence on July 27, 2006. Mr. Prato deducted both
$200 space rent for Space 8 and $500 as a monthly payment for the trailer
from Mr. Beebe’s June pay. These payments were for the month of July.
Mr. Beebe made the payments so his mother could live in the trailer on
11.5 Mr. Beebe was not asked for and he did not give any law
enforcement officer his consent to search the trailer on Space 8.
Mr. Prato was asked for, and he did give law enforcement officers his
consent to search the trailer on Space 8.
III. ADDITIONAL BRIEFING
Defendant Haynes shall submit supplemental briefing on the motion to suppress
based on the more complete findings of fact which have now been made by the court.
His memorandum shall be filed not later than November 9, 2006. Plaintiff shall have
until November 13, 2006, in which to file a response.
DATED at Anchorage, Alaska, this 2nd day of November 2006.
JOHN W. SEDWICK
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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