United States v. Padilla, No. 17-2025 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence after he pleaded guilty to drug and firearms charges. The court held that no plain procedural error occurred, and any such error would have been harmless because the district court sentenced defendant to the statutory minimum. Furthermore, the sentence was not subject to review for reasonableness because it was statutorily imposed. In this case, there was no basis for defendant's claim that his guilty plea to all three counts was not knowing and voluntary or that the district court denied his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. Finally, the court granted counsel's motion to withdraw.