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United States v. Watson

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

June 28, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
TIALANDUS WATSON, Defendant.

ORDER

DAVID R. HERNDON, Chief District Judge.

This matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams for the specific purpose of conducting a change of plea for defendant Watson, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and LOCAL RULE 72.1(b)(2) (Doc. 20). Pursuant to FEDERAL RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 11, the change of plea hearing was held on June 13, 2013 (Doc. 19). During the change of plea, defendant Watson pled guilty the charge in the indictment, distribution of cocaine base in the form commonly known as crack following a thorough colloquy with Judge Williams. Thereafter, Judge Williams issued a Report and Recommendation ("the Report") recommending that the Court accept defendant's plea of guilty (Doc. 23).

In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B), the parties were allowed fourteen days to file written objections. As of this date, neither party has filed an objection. Therefore, the Court ADOPTS the Report in its entirety. Thus, based on the record in the case, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, the consent of the defendant to plead before the magistrate without subsequent objection, it is the finding of the Court in the case of United States v. Watson, that defendant Watson was fully competent and capable of entering an informed plea, that defendant Watson was aware of the nature of the charges and the consequences of the plea, and that the plea of guilty was a knowing and voluntary plea supported by an independent basis in fact containing each of the essential elements of the offense. Accordingly, the Court ACCEPTS the guilty plea and ADJUDGES Watson GUILTY of the charge contained in the indictment. The Court REMINDS the parties that this matter for sentencing on October 11, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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