United Statesv.Thomas

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSASMay 22, 2017
Case No. 08-20130-01-CM (Criminal) (D. Kan. May. 22, 2017)

Case No. 08-20130-01-CM (Criminal) Case No. 16-2356-CM (Civil)

05-22-2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. RONALD THOMAS, JR., Defendant.


MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This case is before the court on defendant's motion to vacate sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Doc. 95) and the government's motion to dismiss (Doc. 104.) Defendant claims that the sentence enhancement based on his career offender status under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2, is unconstitutional in light of Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015). For the reasons set forth below, this court dismisses defendant's motion and grants the government's motion.

The United States Supreme Court in Beckles v. United States, 137 S. Ct. 886, 890 (2017), held that the residual clause under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.2(a)(2)—"defining a 'crime of violence' as an offense that 'involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another[]'"—was not unconstitutional. Beckles, 137 S. Ct. at 890 (holding that the advisory sentencing guidelines are not subject to vagueness challenges under the due process clause). Beckles abrogated the Tenth Circuit's decision in United States v. Madrid, 805 F.3d 1204, 1210 (10th Cir. 2015). Beckles, 137 S. Ct. at 886. Consequently, the court finds that no new rule or constitutional law provides defendant an avenue for relief.

A certificate of appealability is not warranted in this case because reasonable jurists could not debate whether "the petition should have been resolved in a different manner or that the issues presented were adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000) (internal citation omitted).

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendant's motion to vacate sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Doc. 95) is dismissed.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that government's motion to dismiss (Doc. 104) is granted.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the court will not issue a certificate of appealability in this case.

Dated this 22nd day of May, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.

s/ Carlos Murguia


CARLOS MURGUIA


United States District Judge