United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
December 29, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
JOSE LUIS GONZALES, Defendant.
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
DAVID R. HERNDON, District Judge.
This matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud for the specific purpose of conducting a change of plea for defendant Gonzales, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, LOCAL RULE 72.1(b)(2), and defendant Gonzales' consent (Doc. 31). Pursuant to FEDERAL RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 11, the change of plea hearing was held on December 5, 2014 (Doc. 30). During the change of plea, defendant Gonzales pled guilty to the single count indictment, conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine, following a thorough colloquy with Judge Proud. Thereafter, Judge Proud issued a Report and Recommendation ("the Report") recommending that the Court accept defendant's plea of guilty (Doc. 29).
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. Gonzales, that defendant Gonzales 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. Accordingly, the Court ACCEPTS the guilty plea and ADJUDGES Gonzales GUILTY on the single count indictment. The Court also REMINDS the parties that this matter is set for sentencing on March 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM.
IT IS SO ORDERED.