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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In USA v. Daniel Haslam (ND Ind., DeGuilio), a 13-page opinion, Judge Sykes writes:

Daniel Haslam pleaded guilty under a written plea agreement to manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing unregistered silencers, and possessing a firearm in connection with a drug offense . His presentence report included as relevant conduct an incident in which Has lam held a woman hostage in his apartment on the mistaken belief that she was an undercover police officer. 2 No. 14- 2641 Haslam thinks the government breached the plea agreement by giving this hostage-taking information to the probation office and the court ; he moved to with draw his pleas. The district judge denied the motion and impose d a sentence of 181 months in prison.

Haslam appealed , challenging the denial of his plea - withdrawal motion. We affirm. Haslam’s plea agreement did not limit the information the government could give the court about the offense or his background . To the contrary , the agreement explicitly reserved the government’s right to fully inform the court , s o there was no breach. And the judge properly rejected Haslam ’s alternative claim that he pleaded guilty unknowing ly based on a misunderstanding that the plea agreement contained such a limitation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 17, 2016 06:51 PM
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