United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Asheville Division
December 22, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ANTHONY LAMONT HILL
DENNIS L. HOWELL, Magistrate Judge.
THIS CAUSE coming on to be heard and being heard before the undersigned at the close of a Rule 11 proceeding that was held before this Court on December 17, 2014. It appearing to the Court at the call of this matter on for hearing the Defendant was present with his attorney, Fredilyn Sison and the Government was present and represented through Assistant United States Attorney Tom Ascik. From the arguments of counsel for Defendant and the arguments of the Assistant United States Attorney and the records in this cause, the Court makes the following findings:
Findings. On December 5, 2014 a bill of information was issued charging the Defendant with obstructing commerce by robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) and with brandishing a firearm and using a firearm in furtherance of such crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(ii). On December 17, 2014, the undersigned held and inquiry, pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and accepted a plea of guilty of the Defendant to those charges. At the end of the Rule 11 proceeding, this Court presented the issue of whether or not Defendant should now be detained, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3143(a)(2).
Discussion. 18 U.S.C. § 3143(a)(2) provides as follows:
(2) The judicial officer shall order that a person who has been found guilty of an offense in a case described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of subsection (f)(1) of section 3142 and is awaiting imposition or execution of sentence be detained unless -
(A)(i) the judicial officer finds there is a substantial likelihood that a motion for acquittal or new trial will be granted; or
(ii) an attorney for the Government has recommended that no sentence of imprisonment be imposed on the person; or
(B) the judicial officer finds by clear and convincing evidence that the person is not likely to flee or pose a danger to any other person or the community.
From an examination of the records in this cause, it appears Defendant has entered a plea of guilty to the two crimes set forth in the bill of indictment. Those crimes are crimes of violence and are referenced under 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f)(1)(A). The undersigned made an inquiry of Assistant United States Attorney Tom Ascik as to whether or not there will be a recommendation that no sentence of imprisonment be imposed upon Defendant. Mr. Ascik advised the Court that such a recommendation could not be made in this matter. As a result of the plea of guilty, the undersigned cannot find there is a likelihood that a motion for acquittal or new trial will be granted. It would thus appear, and the Court is of the opinion that the Court is required to apply the factors as set forth under 18 U.S.C. § 3143(a)(2) which mandate the detention of Defendant.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED, that the terms and conditions of pretrial release in this matter are hereby revoked and it is ORDERED that the Defendant be detained pending further proceedings in this matter.