USA v. Malmquist, No. 22-50872 (5th Cir. 2024)Annotate this Case
Shawn Malmquist appealed his conviction and sentence of 151 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Malmquist argued that the Government had breached a clause in his plea agreement, specifically, the Government's promise to recommend a three-level acceptance-of-responsibility reduction. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit determined that the Government's breach of the plea agreement did indeed constitute a plain error, as it affected Malmquist's substantial rights and called into question the fairness, integrity, and public reputation of the judicial proceedings. Considering these findings, the Court of Appeals vacated Malmquist's sentence and remanded for resentencing.