Reese v. Warden, FCC Coleman - Low
ORDER dismissing case; with directions to the Clerk. Signed by Judge Thomas P. Barber on 1/6/2021. (JND)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
WILLIAM JAMES REESE,
Case No: 5:20-cv-625-Oc-60PRL
WARDEN, FCC COLEMAN – LOW,
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Petitioner initiated this civil action by filing a Petition for Writ of Habeas
Corpus Under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1). In the Petition, Petitioner alleges the
sentencing court, when imposing his sentence, considered facts not found by the
jury in contravention of the Sixth Amendment and the Supreme Court’s decisions in
Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000), and Alleyne v. United States, 570 U.S.
99 (2013), (Doc. 1 at 12).
Petitioner is a federal inmate incarcerated at the Coleman Federal
Correctional Complex. In February 2013, a jury in the Middle District of Alabama
found Petitioner guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms
or more of cocaine, and two counts of aiding and abetting the use of a
communication facility (a cell phone) to facilitate the conspiracy. See Reese v. United
States, No. 2:16-CV-410-WKW, 2019 WL 4621674, at *1 (M.D. Ala. Aug. 27, 2019),
report and recommendation adopted, 2019 WL 4621983, at *1 (M.D. Ala. Sept. 23,
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2019). On June 4, 2013, the district court sentenced Petitioner to a cumulative 360month term of incarceration (see id.). Petitioner sought a direct appeal and the
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming his convictions and
sentences. United States v. Reese, 611 F. App’x 961 (11th Cir. 2015). Thereafter, the
district court granted Petitioner’s motion for a sentence reduction and reduced
Petitioner’s 360-month term to 292 months based on Amendment 782 to the
Sentencing Guidelines. See Reese, 2019 WL 4621674, at *1 n.3. Petitioner filed with
the sentencing court a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (see id. at *1) and the district
court denied Petitioner’s § 2255 motion on September 23, 2019 (see Reese, 2019 WL
4621983 at *1).
Rule 12(h)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that “[i]f the
court determines at any time that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction, the court
must dismiss the action.” See also Rule 12, Rules Governing Section 2255
proceedings. The Eleventh Circuit has held that 28 U.S.C. § 2241 is not available to
challenge the validity of a sentence except on very narrow grounds. McCarthan v.
Director of Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc., 851 F.3d 1076, 1079 (11th Cir. 2017);
Bernard v. FCC Coleman Warden, 686 F. App’x 730 (11th Cir. 2017) (citing
McCarthan, 851 F.3d at 1092-93). None of those grounds are present in this case.
See, e.g., Allen v. Clay, No. 1:16-cv-01794-RDP-JHE, 2017 WL 2443492, at *2 (N.D.
Ala. June 6, 2017) (citing McCarthan and dismissing § 2241 petition raising
Apprendi argument because § 2255 afforded the petitioner an adequate and
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effective means to raise claim). Thus, pursuant to Rule 4(b) of the Rules Governing
Section 2255 Proceedings, this case is due to be dismissed. See also 28 U.S.C. §
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED and ADJUDGED:
The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. 1) and this case are
DISMISSED. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly and close this
DONE AND ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, this 6th day of January, 2021.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
William James Reese, #14026-002
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