United States v. Kenney, No. 12-2451 (1st Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Appellant was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce, and felon in possession of a firearm. Appellant subsequently pleaded guilty to all counts. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in failing to sua sponte order a hearing on the issue of Appellant’s competency; (2) the district court adequately assessed whether Appellant’s plea was knowing and voluntary within the meaning of Fed. R. Crim. P. 11; (3) Appellant’s counsel did not provide ineffective assistance; and (4) the district court did not err in imposing a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence on the drug conspiracy count.