USA v. Hector Cabrera, No. 15-41034 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
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Case: 15-41034 Document: 00513803448 Page: 1 Date Filed: 12/19/2016 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 15-41034 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fif h Circuit FILED December 19, 2016 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff–Appellee, versus HECTOR ALEXANDER CABRERA, Defendant–Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas USDC No. 2:15-CR-198-1 Before JOLLY, SMITH, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Hector Cabrera was convicted of being unlawfully present in the United Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 15-41034 Document: 00513803448 Page: 2 Date Filed: 12/19/2016 No. 15-41034 States after removal and was sentenced to a 38-month term of imprisonment. He contends that the district court erred by applying an eight-level aggravatedfelony enhancement under U.S.S.G. § 2L1.2(b)(1)(C) (2014) and by entering a judgment reflecting that he was convicted and sentenced under 8 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(2). He contends that his Texas conviction of evading arrest with a motor vehicle is not an aggravated felony because the definition of “crime of violence” in 18 U.S.C. § 16(b), which is incorporated by reference into the definition of an aggravated felony in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(F) and thus applies for purposes of § 2L1.2(b)(1)(C), is unconstitutionally vague on its face and as applied to him in light of Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015). Cabrera raised no sentencing objections in the district court, so our review is only for plain error, see United States v. Juarez, 626 F.3d 246, 253– 54 (5th Cir. 2010), meaning that Cabrera must identify (1) a forfeited error (2) that is clear and obvious and (3) that affects his substantial rights, Puckett v. United States, 556 U.S. 129, 135 (2009). If he satisfies those three requirements, this court may, in our discretion, remedy the error, but only if it “seriously affect[s] the fairness, integrity or public reputation of judicial proceedings.” Id. (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). The government has moved unopposed for summary affirmance in lieu of filing a brief. In the alternative, it moves for an extension of time to file its brief. Although United States v. Gonzalez-Longoria, 831 F.3d 670 (5th Cir. 2016) (en banc), petition for cert. filed (Sept. 29, 2016) (No. 16-6259), forecloses relief on Cabrera’s theory that, in light of Johnson, § 16(b) is unconstitutionally vague on its face, his contention that § 16(b) is unconstitutional as applied to him is not foreclosed by Gonzalez-Longoria. Accordingly, we decline to issue a summary affirmance. See Groendyke Transp., Inc. v. Davis, 406 F.2d 1158, 1162 (5th Cir. 1969). 2 Case: 15-41034 Document: 00513803448 Page: 3 Date Filed: 12/19/2016 No. 15-41034 Cabrera’s “as applied” challenge turns on whether he was “able to apprehend that he could face enhanced punishment because his prior offense naturally involves physical force” and whether “the provision under which he was sentenced [was] not . . . so standardless as to invite arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement.” Gonzalez-Longoria, 831 F.3d at 677. The Texas offense of evading arrest with a motor vehicle is a crime of violence under § 16(b) and thus is an “aggravated felony.” See United States v. Sanchez-Ledezma, 630 F.3d 447, 451 (5th Cir. 2011). In Sanchez-Ledezma, we noted that that offense “typically involves violent force which the arresting officer must in some way overcome” and “will typically lead to a confrontation with the officer being disobeyed, a confrontation fraught with risk of violence.” Id. at 450–51 (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). Thus, the standard of § 16(b) can be straightforwardly applied to Cabrera’s state conviction, and he was on sufficient notice that that offense is considered violent “because it involves a substantial risk that, in the course of its commission, force will be used against another.” Gonzalez-Longoria, 831 F.3d at 678. Accordingly, there was no error, and certainly no clear or obvious error, in the determination that Cabrera’s state conviction is an aggravated felony for purposes of §§ 2L1.2(b)(1)(C) and 1326(b)(2). Further briefing is therefore not necessary. The motion for summary affirmance is DENIED. Because we dispense with further briefing, the alternative motion for an extension of time to file a brief is DENIED. The judgment is AFFIRMED. 3