Notice: Eighth Circuit Rule 28a(k) Governs Citation of Unpublished Opinions and Provides That They Are Not Precedent and Generally Should Not Be Cited Unless Relevant to Establishing the Doctrines of Res Judicata, Collateral Estoppel, the Law of the Case, or if the Opinion Has Persuasive Value on a Material Issue and No Published Opinion Would Serve As Well.united States of America, Appellee, v. William Ronald Rieser, Appellant, 94 F.3d 649 (8th Cir. 1996)Annotate this Case
Before BEAM, HANSEN, and MORRIS SHEPPARD ARNOLD, Circuit Judges.
William Ronald Rieser pleaded guilty to attempted tax evasion, mail fraud, money laundering, and bank fraud. In his written plea agreement, Rieser agreed to waive his right to appeal his sentence unless the district court1 departed from the applicable Guidelines sentencing range. Applying U.S.S.G. § 2F1.1(b) (1) (Q) & comment. (n. 7(b)), the district court found that Rieser intended a loss of roughly $3.5 million, resulting in a thirteen-level increase to the base offense level and a 33-to-41-month sentencing range. The court sentenced Rieser to 33 months imprisonment and five years supervised release, and ordered him to pay a total of $15,000 in restitution. Rieser appeals, challenging the district court's amount-of-loss calculation.
A defendant who pleads guilty and expressly waives the statutory right to raise objections to a sentence may not appeal the sentence that was part of the agreement. United States v. Rutan, 956 F.2d 827, 829 (8th Cir. 1992). To be effective, the waiver must be the result of a knowing and voluntary decision to forego the right to appeal. Id. The transcript of Rieser's guilty-plea hearing shows that the district court asked Rieser whether he understood that he was relinquishing the right to appeal his sentence, and Rieser responded that he did. Thus, we conclude Rieser knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to appeal his sentence.2 See id. at 830.
Accordingly, we affirm.
The Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In any event, Rieser's appeal is meritless, as the district court did not clearly err by finding that the amount of loss was $3.5 million. See United States v. Bender, 33 F.3d 21, 23 (8th Cir. 1994) (standard of review for determining amount of loss under § 2F1.1); United States v. Prendergast, 979 F.2d 1289, 1291-92 & n. 1 (8th Cir. 1992) (refusing to credit defendant with amount of loan repaid by him); United States v. Johnson, 908 F.2d 396, 398 (8th Cir. 1990) (refusing to credit defendant with value of property returned to victim)