United States District Court, D. Montana, Missoula Division
February 23, 2015
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
NICHOLAS CLINTON HOLT, Defendant.
DANA L. CHRISTENSEN, Chief District Judge.
United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch entered Findings and Recommendation in this matter on January 30, 2015. 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 Lynch recommended this Court accept Nicholas Clinton Holt's guilty plea after Holt appeared before him pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, and entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 (Count I) as set forth in the Indictment.
I find no clear error in Judge Lynch's Findings and Recommendation (Doc. 55), 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 Nicholas Clinton Holt's motion to change plea (Doc. 46) is GRANTED and Nicholas Clinton Holt is adjudged guilty of Count I of the Indictment.