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United States v. Pittman

United States District Court, D. Kansas

October 15, 2014

United States of America, Plaintiff,
v.
Willie Lee Pittman, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

JOHN W. LUNGSTRUM, District Judge.

In February 2014, defendant Willie Lee Pittman entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. The court accepted the parties' Rule 11(c)(1)(C) plea agreement and, in May 2014, sentenced Mr. Pittman to 240 months of imprisonment followed by eight years of supervised release. This matter is presently before the court on Mr. Pittman's motion for leave to file an appeal out of time (doc. 36). The motion is denied.

Under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(b)(1)(A), a defendant's notice of appeal in a criminal case must be filed in the district court within 14 days after the later of: (i) the entry of either the judgment or the order being appealed; or (ii) the filing of the government's notice of appeal. The government did not file a notice of appeal and the judgment being appealed was entered on May 9, 2014. Under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(b)(4), the court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal upon a finding of excusable neglect or good cause for a period not to exceed 30 days from the expiration of the time otherwise prescribed by Rule 4(b).

The government has invoked Rule 4(b)(4) in response to Mr. Pittman's motion and, accordingly, the time bar must be enforced. United States v. Mitchell, 518 F.3d 740, 744 (10th Cir. 2008). Because Mr. Pittman seeks to file his notice of appeal more than three months after the entry of judgment, well outside the 30-day extension period contained in Rule 4(b)(4), the motion must be denied.[1]

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT THAT Mr. Pittman's motion to file out of time appeal (doc. 36) is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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