Thomas v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that motion of Jeffrey Thomas to vacate, set aside or correct sentence [Doc. # 1] is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all other pending motions are DENIED as moot. A separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Carol E. Jackson on 8/7/2013. (KMS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 4:13-CV-1244-CEJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on movant’s motion to vacate, set aside or
correct sentence, brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The motion is a “second or
successive motion” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. §§ 2244 and 2255 and has not
been certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, as required
by the AEDPA. As a result, the motion will be denied.
On May 18, 2005, a jury found movant guilty of four counts of mail fraud, in
violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 2, one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18
U.S.C.§§ 1343 and 2, two counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§
1957 and 2, and one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2.
Movant was sentenced on August 12, 2005, to a 172-month term of imprisonment, to
be followed by a five years of supervised release. The judgment also required movant
to pay restitution in the sum of $1,147,683.71. The judgment was affirmed on
appeal. United States v. Thomas, 451 F.3d 543 (8th Cir. 2006). The United States
Supreme Court denied movant’s petition for a writ of certiorari. Thomas v. United
States, 549 U.S. 1144, 127 S.Ct. 1010, 166 L.Ed.2d 761 (2007).
Movant filed his first motion to vacate pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 on April
28, 2008, asserting nine claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. This Court denied
the motion based on movant’s failure to file his motion to vacate within the statute of
limitations. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit denied
movant’s application for a certificate of appealability on March 31, 2011.
Movant filed his second § 2255 motion to vacate on May 6, 2011, again
asserting claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. This Court dismissed the action
as untimely and successive on May 18, 2011. Movant did not file an appeal.
In the instant motion, movant asserts one claim of ineffective assistance of
counsel. Movant’s motion is successive, and absent certification from the United
States Court of Appeals, this Court lacks authority under § 2255 to grant him relief.
See 28 U.S.C. §§ 2244 and 2255. As such, this action will be dismissed, without
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that motion of Jeffrey Thomas to vacate, set aside
or correct sentence [Doc. # 1] is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all other pending motions are DENIED as
A separate Order of Dismissal shall accompany this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 7th day of August, 2013.
CAROL E. JACKSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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