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United States v. Edwards

United States District Court, S.D. Illinois

April 15, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
CORNELIUS L. EDWARDS, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

DAVID R. HERNDON, Chief Judge.

This matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson for the specific purpose of conducting a change of plea for defendant Cornelius L. Edwards, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, Local Rule 72.1(b)(2) and defendant Edwards (Doc. 29). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, the change of plea hearing was held on March 26, 2014 (Doc. 28). During the change of plea, defendant Edwards pled guilty to Count 1 of the Indictment following a thorough colloquy with Judge Wilkerson. Thereafter, Judge Wilkerson issued a Report and Recommendation ("the Report") recommending that the Court accept defendant Edwards' plea of guilty (Doc. 32).

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. Cornelius L. Edwards that defendant Edwards was fully competent and capable of entering an informed plea, that defendant Edwards 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 defendant Cornelius L. Edwards, GUILTY on the charge in the Indictment. The Court REMINDS the parties that this matter is set for sentencing on July 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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