United States District Court, S.D. California
January 9, 2015
ROBERTO ANTONIO CACERES, Petitioner,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. Cr. No. 12-0202GT
GORDON THOMPSON, Jr. District Judge.
On November 26, 2012, Petitioner, Roberto Antonio Caceres ("Mr. Caceres"), filed a Motion to Modify Sentence, presumably pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Mr. Caceres requests a two level downward departure based on his status as a deportable alien, which Mr. Caceres asserts "should have been considered as a mitigating factor" at his sentencing. The Court has fully considered this matter, including a review of Mr. Caceres's brief filed, the authorities cited therein and the arguments presented. For the reasons stated below, Mr. Caceres's Motion to Modify Sentence is DENIED.
First, Mr. Caceres pled guilty, pursuant to a written plea agreement, to one count of Deported Alien Found in the United States, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a) and (b). In the written plea agreement. Mr. Caceres explicitly waived his right to appeal and/or collaterally attack his conviction or sentence. The Ninth Circuit has long acknowledged that the teiins of a plea agreement are enforceable. See, United States v. Baramdyka, 95 F.3d 840, 843 (9th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 117 S.Ct. 1282 (1997). Since Mr. Caceres expressly waived his statutory right to appeal or collaterally attack his sentence in his plea agreement, Mr. Caceres is now precluded from challenging that sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. See, United States v. Abarca, 985 F.2d 1012, 1014 (9th Cir. 1993) (holding that a knowing and voluntary waiver of a statutory right is enforceable).
Moreover, even if Mr. Caceres had not expressly waived his right to appeal or collaterally attack his sentence, his petition would still fail. In essence, Mr. Caceres argues that because of his status as a deportable alien, he is "ineligible for pre-release custody and minimum security confinement." Mr. Caceres argues that the Court should grant him a two level downward departure because of his status. However, Mr. Caceres's argument that the Court should depart downward because he is a deportable alien is precluded by statute and current Ninth Circuit case law. By statute, the Court may depart downward only if there are "aggravating or mitigating circumstances... not adequately taken into consideration by the Sentencing Commission." 18 U.S.C. § 3553(b). Specifically, the Ninth Circuit has held that the threat of deportation is not a factor that the district court may consider for sentencing purposes. United States v. Alvarez-Cardenas, 902 F.2d 734, 737 (9th Cir. 1990). Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that Mr. Caceres's Motion to Modify Sentence is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.