LeFlore v. Ormond
MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER: 1. LeFlore's petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 [R. 1 ] is DENIED. 2. This action is DISMISSED and STRICKEN from the Court's docket. 3. A corresponding judgment will be entered this date. Case Terminated. Signed by Judge Karen K. Caldwell on 3/6/2018.(RBB)cc: COR, paper copy to Malcolm LeFlore, pro se filer, via US Mail.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
SOUTHERN DIVISION at LONDON
Civil Action No. 6:18-059-KKC
J. RAY ORMOND, Warden,
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Malcolm LeFlore pled guilty in 2014 to being a felon in possession of firearms and
ammunition, and he was sentenced to 70 months in prison. See United States v. Malcolm LeFlore,
No. 6:14-cr-2016 (N.D. Iowa 2014). LeFlore is now an inmate at the United States Penitentiary –
McCreary in Pine Knot, Kentucky. Proceeding without a lawyer, LeFlore filed a petition for a
writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 in which he attacks his 70-month sentence.
[R. 1]. Ultimately, LeFlore argues that trial court erred when it determined that his prior criminal
history and conduct subjected him to sentence enhancements under the United States Sentencing
LeFlore’s petition, however, constitutes an impermissible collateral attack on his sentence.
Although a federal prisoner may challenge the legality of his sentence on direct appeal and through
a motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255, he generally may not do so in a § 2241 petition. See United
States v. Peterman, 249 F.3d 458, 461 (6th Cir. 2001) (explaining the distinction between a § 2255
motion and a § 2241 petition). After all, a § 2241 petition is usually only a vehicle for challenges
to actions taken by prison officials that affect the manner in which the prisoner’s sentence is being
carried out, such as computing sentence credits or determining parole eligibility. See Terrell v.
United States, 564 F.3d 442, 447 (6th Cir. 2009). Simply put, LeFlore cannot use a § 2241 petition
as a way of challenging his sentence.
It is true that, under certain limited circumstances, a prisoner may challenge his sentence
in a § 2241 petition. See Hill v. Masters, 836 F.3d 591 (6th Cir. 2016). However, the Sixth Circuit
has explained that this is only true when the prisoner was sentenced under the mandatory
guidelines regime pre-United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2006). That is clearly not the case
here as the trial court sentenced LeFlore in 2014, well after the Supreme Court decided Booker.
Therefore, LeFlore’s § 2241 petition is unavailing.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. LeFlore’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 [R. 1] is
2. This action is DISMISSED and STRICKEN from the Court’s docket.
3. A corresponding judgment will be entered this date.
Dated March 6, 2018.
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