Notice: Eighth Circuit Rule 28a(k) Governs Citation of Unpublished Opinions and Provides That They Are Not Precedent and Generally Should Not Be Cited Unless Relevant to Establishing the Doctrines of Res Judicata, Collateral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. Terrance Eugene Bell, Appellant, 94 F.3d 649 (8th Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - 94 F.3d 649 (8th Cir. 1996)

Submitted Aug. 21, 1996. Filed Aug. 26, 1996

Before BOWMAN, MAGILL, and LOKEN, Circuit Judges.


Terrance Eugene Bell challenges the 54-month sentence imposed by the district court1  following his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) (1). We affirm.

We reject Bell's contention on appeal that the district court miscalculated his criminal history category by failing to treat two prior offenses as "related" under U.S.S.G. § 4A1.2(a) (2). " [P]rior sentences are considered related if they resulted from offenses that (1) occurred on the same occasion, (2) were part of a single common scheme or plan, or (3) were consolidated for trial or sentencing." Section 4A1.2, comment. (n. 3).

Bell argues that, as a practical matter, his offenses were consolidated for sentencing. It is well-settled in this circuit, however, that "two or more sentences imposed at the same time 'are not related for purposes of U.S.S.G. § 4A1.2(a) (2) if the cases proceeded to sentencing under separate docket numbers, and there was no formal order of consolidation.' " United States v. Klein, 13 F.3d 1182, 1185 (8th Cir.) (quoting United States v. McComber, 996 F.2d 946, 947 (8th Cir. 1993) (per curiam)), cert. denied, 114 S. Ct. 2722 (1994); accord United States v. Lewchuck, 958 F.2d 246, 247 (8th Cir. 1992). To the extent Bell asks this panel to reconsider the above line of cases, one panel of this court may not overrule the opinion of another panel. See Campbell v. Purkett, 957 F.2d 535, 536 (8th Cir. 1992) (per curiam).

Bell also argues that the offenses were part of a common scheme or plan. We conclude the district court did not clearly err in finding otherwise, as the offenses at issue occurred two weeks apart and involved different victims. Cf. United States v. Lowe, 930 F.2d 645, 646-47 (8th Cir. 1991) (standard of review; noting similar crimes are not necessarily related crimes and upholding unrelatedness determination because offenses occurred at different times, involved different victims, had been committed in different locales, and had not been consolidated).

Accordingly, we affirm.


The HONORABLE EDWARD L. FILIPPINE, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri