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Collins v. United States

United States District Court, C.D. Illinois, Springfield Division

January 3, 2018

RONALD L. COLLINS, Petitioner,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent.

          ORDER

          SUE E. MYERSCOUGH UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This cause is before the Court on Petitioner Ronald Collin's Motion to Vacate Sentence Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (d/e 1). Also before the Court is the Government's Motion to Dismiss (d/e 6). Because Petitioner's Motion is untimely, the Government's Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED and Petitioner's § 2255 motion is DISMISSED.

         I. BACKGROUND

         In September 2014, Petitioner was charged by indictment of the following counts: the production of child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a) (Count 1), the receipt of child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2)(A) and (B) (Count 2), the possession of child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B) (Count 3), and the production of child pornography while being required to register as a sex offender under 18 U.S.C. § 2260A (Count 4). See United States v. Collins, United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, Springfield Division, Case No. 14-cr-30038 (hereinafter, Crim.), Indictment (d/e 1).

         In January 2015, Petitioner pleaded guilty to Count 2 pursuant to a plea agreement. See Crim. Plea Agreement (d/e 15). As part of the plea agreement, Petitioner and the Government stipulated that the appropriate sentence in this case would be 300 months' imprisonment on Count 2 and a life term of supervised release. Id. at 5. Petitioner waived his right to direct appeal regarding his “plea agreement . . . conviction and . . . sentence” other than claims of “involuntariness or ineffective assistance of counsel.” Id. at 7-8. Petitioner also waived his right to collaterally attack any issues related to his “plea agreement, conviction and/or sentence, ” including in a § 2255 motion, other than a claim for ineffective assistance of counsel. Id. at 8.

         The Probation Office prepared a revised Presentence Investigation Report (PSR). Crim. PSR (d/e 23). The PSR found that Petitioner faced a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years on Count 2. Crim. PSR at ¶ 83 (d/e 23). This mandatory minimum was due to Petitioner's previous conviction of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois Circuit Court. In May 2015, this Court sentenced Petitioner to the stipulated sentence of 300 months' imprisonment. See Crim. Judgment (d/e 28). Petitioner did not appeal the judgment.

         In July 2017, Petitioner filed this Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody. See (d/e 1). Petitioner filed a Motion to Amend (d/e 3), which the Court has construed as an addendum to his § 2255 Motion. See July 20, 2017 Text Order. In his Motion, Petitioner alleges his Sixth Amendment rights were violated based on ineffective assistance of counsel for defense counsel's (1) failure to properly evaluate whether his prior conviction qualified for a mandatory life sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3559(e) for Count 1 of the indictment; (2) failure to properly evaluate whether his prior conviction would be used to enhance his sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 2252(b)(1); (3) failure to consider that, given Petitioner's age of 56 at the time of sentencing, a 25- year sentence was essentially a life sentence; and (4) failure to use F.R.E. 609(b) to preclude evidence of the prior conviction. See Motion (d/e 1 and 3). Petitioner alleges he is seeking “redress for his ‘bad advice'” comparable to the Supreme Court's recent decision in Lee v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 1958, 1967 (2017). See Motion (d/e 1).

         In September 2017, the Government filed a Motion to Dismiss, alleging Petitioner's claims were untimely, that counsel was not ineffective, and that Petitioner would have suffered no prejudice had counsel been ineffective. See Motion to Dismiss (d/e 6). Petitioner did not file a response.

         II. ANALYSIS

         A person convicted of a federal crime may move to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Relief under § 2555 is an extraordinary remedy because a § 2255 petitioner has already had “an opportunity for full process.” Almonacid v. United States, 476 F.3d 518, 521 (7th Cir. 2007). Here, Petitioner's claims must be dismissed because they are untimely.

         A one-year period of limitation applies to § 2255 petitions. 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f). The one-year period begins to run from the latest of:

(1) the date on which the judgment of conviction becomes final;
(2) the date on which the impediment to making a motion created by governmental action in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States is removed, if the movant was prevented from making a motion by such governmental action;
(3) the date on which the right asserted was initially recognized by the Supreme Court, if that right has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and made retroactively ...

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