United States v. Daniels, No. 22-10408 (11th Cir. 2024)Annotate this Case
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the conviction and sentence of Jonathan Daniels, who was found guilty of ten counts of Hobbs Act robbery and sentenced to 180 months imprisonment. Daniels challenged the conviction on several grounds. He argued that the district court erred by not accepting his proposed jury instruction on eyewitness identifications, that cumulative evidentiary errors prejudiced his right to a fair trial, and that the evidence was insufficient to convict him under Count 7 of the superseding indictment. He also contended that the sentence he received was unreasonable. The Court of Appeals disagreed with all of Daniels' arguments, finding that the district court had not abused its discretion in its jury instruction, that there were no cumulative errors that compromised Daniels' right to a fair trial, and that there was sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to convict him under Count 7. The court also found that the sentence was not substantively unreasonable. The court thus affirmed Daniels' convictions and sentence.