UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 4, 2012
MILTON ERNESTO FLORES-MANCIA, PLAINTIFF,
UNITED STATES, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Larry Alan Burns United States District Judge
ORDER DENYING 28 U.S.C. § 2255 HABEAS MOTION
Milton Ernesto Flores-Mancia pleaded guilty of being a deported alien found in the United States in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326. On December 8, 2011 he was sentencd to 18 months' custody followed by three years' supervised release. On December 14, he filed a motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 for a reduction in his sentence.
In his plea agreement, Flores-Mancia waived appeal or collateral attack unless he was sentenced above the high end of the guideline range recommended by the government as agreed in the plea agreement. Flores-Mancia also received the benefit of a fast-track recommendation.
The record shows the government kept its agreement, and recommended that FloresMancia be sentenced to 30 months, which was the low end of the guideline range the parties agreed to. (See Docket no. 15 (Plea Agreement's provisions regarding sentence recommendations) at 2--3; Docket no. 23 (Government's Sentencing Summary Chart, recommending a sentence as agreed in the Plea Agreement).) Flores-Mancia was in fact sentenced well below the 30 months the government recommended. He therefore waived this collateral attack.
Even if Flores-Mancia had not waived collateral attack, his motion would be denied as meritless. It is a boilerplate motion, apparently circulating among prisoners, that requests a reduction in sentence because the defendant is an alien subject to deportation. The motion is not meritless because it is boilerplate, but because its contentions have no basis in fact or law. First, are no similarly-situated U.S. citizens who are being punished less severely for the crime to which Flores-Mancia pleaded guilty; by definition, this crime can only be committed by aliens who were previously deported. Second, the argument that he is entitled to a lower sentence because he is a deportable alien has been repeatedly rejected by this and other courts as meritless. See, e.g., Patterson-Romo v. United States, 2012 WL 2060872 (S.D.Cal., June 7, 2012) (Gonzalez, J.); United States v. Beltran-Palafox, 2012 WL 899262 at *2 and n.14 (D.Kan., Mar. 16, 2012); Aguilar-Marroquin v. United States, 2011 WL 1344251 (S.D.Cal., Apr. 8, 2011) (Huff, J.); Rendon-Inzunza v. United States, 2010 WL 3076271 (S.D.Cal., Aug. 6, 2010) (Burns, J.).
The motion is DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED.
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