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United States v. Russell

United States District Court, S.D. Illinois

July 30, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
DONNIE DONTEZ RUSSELL, Defendant.

ORDER

DAVID R. HERNDON, Chief District 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, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, LOCAL RULE 72.1(b)(2) (Doc. 33). Pursuant to FEDERAL RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 11, the change of plea hearing was held on July 11, 2014 (Doc. 32). During the change of plea, defendant pled guilty to Counts 1 & 2 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's plea of guilty (Doc. 38).

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. Russell, that defendant was fully competent and capable of entering an informed plea, that defendant 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. ...


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