IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 18, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
BRYAN JAMES EPIS, ET. AL.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Gregory G. Hollows
APPLICATION AND ORDER TO EXONERATE BOND
Defendant Bryan James Epis, through counsel John Balazs, hereby applies for an order exonerating the (1) $75,000 bond for defendant Michael James Godwin and the (2) $500,000 for defendant Bryan James Epis in the above-captioned case. 1. Defendant Michael James Godwin Defendant Michael James Godwin was released on a $75,000 property bond in this case on August 13, 1997. Dkt entry 14. The bond was secured by property posted by Barbara Epis, the mother of defendant Bryan James Epis. Dkt entry 30. On July 8, 2002, the district court granted the government's motion to dismiss all charges against Mr. Godwin. At the same time, the Court also granted the defense's request to exonerate the bond used to secure his release and requested that the defense file a proposed order. Dkt. Entry 221.
However, no proposed order was filed and undersigned counsel has been informed a lien on the property remains in effect. A copy of the recorded deed of trust is attached as Exhibit A. Counsel thus now requests that the Court order the $75,000 bond for Mr. Godwin be exonerated and that the Clerk's Office reconvey title to the property back to its owner.
2. Defendant Bryan James Epis
Defendant Bryan James Epis was initially released on a $500,000 property bond on July 2, 1997. Dkt. Entry 3. The bond was secured with a lien on the Cypress Sands Apartments, 3124 Lake Drive, Marina, California 93933, the same property used to secure co-defendant Godwin's bond. Mr. Epis's bond was posted on July 25, 1997. Dkt. entry 11. Mr. Epis was subsequently found guilty by jury trial and remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal. In the midst of his appeal, he was released on the same $500,000 bond. On February 22, 2010, after the Supreme Court denied certiorari on direct appeal, the district court remanded Epis into custody.
On July 24, 2012, the district court adopted the settlement agreement of the parties with respect to Mr. Epis's § 2255 motion and re-sentenced him to 90 months imprisonment. Mr. Epis remains in federal custody since he was remanded on February 22, 2010. The Bureau of Prisons lists his expected release date as July 11, 2014.
For all these reasons, Mr. Epis applies for an order exonerating the bonds in this case against defendant Michael James Godwin and Bryan James Epis.
Respectfully submitted, Dated: September 14, 2012 /s/ John Balazs John Balazs Attorney for Defendant BRYAN JAMES EPIS
IT IS SO ORDERED that the property bonds with respect to defendants Michael James Godwin and Bryan James Epis in Case No. CR-S 97-381 be exonerated and that title the property securing the bonds be reconveyed back to the property's owner.
Gregory G. Hollows
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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