Elion v. USA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER, The Court DENIES without prejudice Elion's § 2255 motion (Doc. 1) and DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to enter judgment accordingly. Signed by Judge J. Phil Gilbert on 8/28/2017. (jdh)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
OTIS R. ELION,
Civil No. 17-cv-892-JPG
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Criminal No 06-cr-40061-JPG &
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on petitioner Otis R. Elion’s motion to vacate, set aside
or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Doc. 1). On January 11, 2017, the petitioner
pled guilty to three counts of distribution of methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C.
§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C) in Case No. 16-cr-40046-JPG and admitted to allegations supporting a
supervised release revocation in Case No. 06-cr-40061-JPG based on the same conduct. The
Court sentenced the petitioner to serve 167 months in prison in Case No. 16-cr-40046-JPG and 33
months in Case No. 06-cr-40061-JPG. Contrary to Elion’s assertions in his filings, both
judgments are currently on appeal (App. Case Nos. 17-2012 & 17-2020).
Because Elion’s criminal judgments are still on appeal, the Court will dismiss this case
without prejudice as premature. Section 2255(a) states that a prisoner in federal custody “may
move the court which imposed the sentence to vacate, set aside or correct the sentence.” The
statute places no time restriction on how early a convicted defendant may file a § 2255 motion.
However, it is well-established that, while there is no jurisdictional bar to a district court’s
consideration of a § 2255 motion while the associated criminal case is on direct appeal, DeRango
v. United States, 864 F.2d 520, 522 (7th Cir. 1988), the district court should refrain from exercising
that jurisdiction unless there are extraordinary circumstances, United States v. Robinson, 8 F.3d
398, 405 (7th Cir. 1993). This is because the disposition of the appeal may render the § 2255
motion moot. Id. In deciding whether to exercise jurisdiction over a § 2255 motion while an
appeal is pending, courts should balance the need for speedy relief against the need to economize
on judicial resources. Id.
Elion has not pointed to any extraordinary circumstances that would justify considering
this § 2255 motion while his underlying criminal judgments are still on appeal. Accordingly, the
Court DENIES without prejudice Elion’s § 2255 motion (Doc. 1) and DIRECTS the Clerk of
Court to enter judgment accordingly.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: August 28, 2017
s/ J. Phil Gilbert
J. PHIL GILBERT
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