March 30, 2006
ORDER REGARDING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING GUILTY PLEA
I. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
On June 15, 2005, a 1 Count Indictment (Docket No. 1) was returned against defendant Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez.
Count 1 of that Indictment charges that the defendant, Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez, an alien who had been previously removed and deported on April 13, 2005, was, on or about the 13th day of June, 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, found, knowingly and unlawfully, in the United States, in Buena Vista County, after re-entering the United States without first obtaining the consent to apply for readmission in to the United States from either the United States Attorney General of Secretary for Homeland Security, all in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).
The Indictment further provided notice that Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez, was convicted on April 6, 2004, in the Maryland District Court for Montgomery County for felony theft and sentenced to 18 months prison. Pursuant to Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(b), this prior conviction increased the maximum statutory sentence that can be imposed upon a conviction for this charge.
On January 24, 2006, defendant Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Paul A. Zoss and entered a plea of guilty to Count 1 of the Indictment. On the same date, Judge Zoss filed a Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 17, 01/24/2006) in which he recommends that defendant Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez's guilty plea be accepted. No objections to Judge Zoss's Report and Recommendation were filed. The Court, therefore, undertakes the necessary review of Judge Zoss's recommendation to accept defendant Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez's plea in this case.
II. ANALYSIS A. Standard of Review
Pursuant to statue, this Court's standard of review for a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation is as follows:
A judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made. A judge of the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate [judge].28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Similarly, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) provides for review of a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation on dispositive motions and prisoner petitions, where objections are made as follows:
The district judge to whom the case is assigned shall make a de novo determination upon the record, or after additional evidence, of any portion of the magistrate judge's disposition to which specific written objection has been made in accordance with this rule. The district judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommendation decision, receive further evidence, or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions.
In this case, no objections have been filed, and it appears to the Court upon review of Judge Zoss's findings and conclusions that there are no grounds to reject or modify them. Therefore, the Court accepts Judge Zoss's Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 17), and accepts defendant Jose Oscar Marquez-Gutierrez's plea of guilty in this case to Count 1 of the Indictment filed on June 15, 2005.
IT IS SO ORDERED.