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United States of America v. Samantha Grant

May 13, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SAMANTHA GRANT, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Leonard T. Strand Magistrate Judge United States District Court

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING PLEA OF GUILTY

On May 13, 2013, the above-named defendant, by consent, appeared before the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, and entered pleas of guilty to Counts One and Two of the Indictment. After cautioning and examining the defendant under oath concerning each of the subjects mentioned in Rule11, the court determined that the guilty pleas were knowledgeable and voluntary, and the offenses charged were supported by an independent basis in fact containing each of the essential elements of the offenses. The court therefore RECOMMENDS that the pleas of guilty be accepted and the defendant be adjudged guilty.

At the commencement of the Rule 11 proceeding, the defendant was placed under oath and advised that if she answered any questions falsely, she could be prosecuted for perjury or for making a false statement. She also was advised that in any such prosecution, the Government could use against her any statements she made under oath.

The court then asked a number of questions to ensure the defendant's mental capacity to enter a plea. The defendant stated her full name, her age, and the extent of her schooling. The court inquired into the defendant's history of mental illness and addiction to narcotic drugs. The court further inquired into whether the defendant was under the influence of any drug, medication, or alcoholic beverage at the time of the plea hearing. From this inquiry, the court determined that the defendant was not suffering from any mental disability that would impair her ability to make knowing, intelligent, and voluntary pleas of guilty to the charges.

The defendant acknowledged that she had received a copy of the Indictment, and she had fully discussed these charges with her attorney.

The court determined that the defendant was pleading guilty under a plea agreement with the Government. After confirming that a copy of the written plea agreement was in front of the defendant and her attorney, the court determined that the defendant understood the terms of the plea agreement. The court then summarized the plea agreement, and made certain the defendant understood its terms.

The defendant was advised also that after her pleas were accepted, she would have no right to withdraw the pleas at a later date, even if the sentence imposed was different from what the defendant or her counsel anticipated.

The court summarized the charges against the defendant, and listed the elements of the crimes. The court determined that the defendant understood each and every element of the crimes, ascertained that her counsel had explained each and every element of the crimes fully to her, and the defendant's counsel confirmed that the defendant understood each and every element of the crimes charged.

The court then elicited a full and complete factual basis for all elements of the crimes charged in each Count of the Indictment to which the defendant was pleading guilty.

The court advised the defendant of the consequences of her pleas, including, for each Count, the maximum fine, the maximum term of imprisonment, and the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment.

With respect to Counts One and Two, the defendant was advised that as to each count the maximum fine is $5,000,000; the maximum term of imprisonment is 40 years; the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment is five years; the maximum period of supervised release is life; and the minimum period of supervised release is four years.

Note: Defendant was also advised that due to evidence of defendant's involvement in more than 280 grams of crack cocaine distribution, pursuant to United States v. Webb, 545 F.3d 673 (8th Cir. 2008), defendant in fact faces the following minimum/maximum penalties (with a sentencing enhancement pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 851): up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years; a fine of up to $10,000,000; five years to life of supervised release; and a special assessment of $100.

The defendant also was advised that the court is obligated to impose a special assessment of $100.00 on each Count, for a total of $200.00, which the defendant must pay. The defendant also was advised of the collateral consequences of a plea of guilty. The defendant acknowledged that she understood all of the above consequences.

The then explained supervised release to the defendant, and advised her that a term of supervised release would be imposed in addition to the sentence of imprisonment. The defendant was advised that there are conditions of supervised release, and that if she were found to have violated a condition of supervised release, then her term of supervised release could be revoked and she could be required to serve in prison ...


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