Thompson v. United States, No. 12-2814 (7th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Thompson pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin, 21 U.S.C. 846, 841(a)(1), and was sentenced to 540 months in prison. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. Thompson then moved to vacate under 28 U.S.C. 2255 alleging that the government breached agreements with him (and others who cooperated on his behalf) to recommend that he serve between 108 and 135 months in prison, and that his attorneys rendered ineffective assistance at the time he pleaded guilty, at sentencing, and on appeal. The district court denied the motion. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, noting that Thompson never moved to withdraw his guilty plea, nor did he mention any deals in his opportunities to address the district court directly. Thompson did not show prejudice as a result of any alleged failings on the part of counsel.