U.S.
v.
Velasquez

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth CircuitNov 8, 2007
253 Fed. Appx. 443 (5th Cir. 2007)

Nos. 07-50552, 07-50556 Conference Calendar.

November 8, 2007.

Joseph H. Gay, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, San Antonio, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

M. Carolyn Fuentes, Henry Joseph Bemporad, Federal Public Defender's Office, San Antonio, TX, for Defendant-Appellant.

Appeals from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, USDC No. 3:06-CR-2451-1, USDC No. 3-.04-CR-2750-ALL.

Before KING, BARKSDALE, and DENNIS, Circuit Judges.


Appealing the Judgments in Criminal Cases, Jose Humberto Velasquez raises arguments that are foreclosed by Almendarez-Torres v. United States, 523 U.S. 224, 235, 118 S.Ct. 1219, 140 L.Ed.2d 350 (1998), which held that 8 U.S.C. § 1326(b)(2) is a penalty provision and not a separate criminal offense. United States v. Pineda-Arrellano, 492 F.3d 624, 625 (5th Cir. 2007), petition for cert. filed (Aug. 28, 2007) (No. 07-6202). The Government's motion for summary affirmance is GRANTED, and the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.