IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA GREAT FALLS DIVISION
May 14, 2013
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
RODNEY LANE COOPER, DEFENDANT.
United States Magistrate Judge Keith Strong entered Findings and Recommendation in this matter on April 25, 2013. Neither party objected and therefore they are not entitled to de novo review of the record. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121 (9th Cir. 2003). This Court will review the Findings and Recommendation for clear error. McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Commodore Bus. Mach., Inc., 656 F.2d 1309, 1313 (9th Cir. 1981). Clear error exists if the Court is left with a "definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed." United States v. Syrax, 235 F.3d 422, 427 (9th Cir. 2000).
Judge Strong recommended this Court accept Rodney Lane Cooper's guilty plea after Cooper appeared before him pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, and entered his plea of guilty to one count of Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine (Count II), as set forth in the Indictment. In exchange for Defendant's plea, the United States moves to dismiss Counts I and III of the Indictment.
I find no clear error in Judge Strong's Findings and Recommendation (doc. 26), and I adopt them in full, including the recommendation to defer acceptance of the Plea Agreement until sentencing when the Court will have reviewed the Plea Agreement and Presentence Investigation Report.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Rodney Lane Cooper's motion to change plea (doc. 17) is GRANTED.
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