United States v. Benson, No. 11-2348 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Appellant was convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 235 months' incarceration. Appellant appealed his conviction and sentence. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) the district court properly denied the motion to suppress DNA evidence obtained after Appellant's arrest; (2) Appellant's waiver of the right to counsel was knowing, voluntary, and intelligent, and therefore, the trial court did not err in allowing Appellant to represent himself at trial; (3) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Appellant's motion for a mistrial; and (4) the district court committed no procedural error at sentencing.