United States District Court, D. Montana, Missoula Division
June 8, 2015
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
PAUL HOWARD BENBOW, Defendant.
FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING PLEA
JEREMIAH C. LYNCH UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The Defendant, by consent, has appeared before me under Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 and has entered a plea of guilty to the offense of failing to register as a sexual offender, as set forth in the Indictment. After examining the Defendant under oath, I have made the following determinations:
1. That the Defendant is fiilly competent and capable of entering an informed and voluntary plea, 2. That the Defendant is aware of the nature of the charge against him and consequences of pleading guilty to the charge, 3. That the Defendant fiilly understands his constitutional rights, and the extent to which he is waiving those rights by pleading guilty, and
4. That the plea of guilty is a knowing and voluntary plea, supported by an independent basis in fact sufficient to prove each of the essential elements of the offense charged.
The Court further concludes that the Defendant had adequate time to review the Plea Agreement with counsel, that he fiilly understands each and every provision of the agreement and that all of the statements in the Plea Agreement are true. Therefore, I recommend that the Defendant be adjudged guilty of the criminal charge set forth in the Indictment, and that sentence be imposed.
This report is forwarded with the recommendation that the Court defer a decision regarding acceptance until the Court has reviewed the Plea Agreement and the presentence report.