Anthony DeJohn ("Appellant") appeals from a judgment in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Mordue, J.), convicting him, after a jury trial, of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 and possession of firearms by a convicted felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). We assume the parties' familiarity with the underlying facts, the procedural history, and the issues presented for review.
We find no error in the district court's dismissal of Appellant's motion for a new trial. At that time, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 33(b)(2) provided a seven-day filing period for "[a]ny motion for a new trial grounded on any reason other than newly discovered evidence."
Appellant asserts that his motion for a new trial was based on "newly discovered evidence" and thus the two-year filing period under Rule 33(b)(1) applied.
We also decline to address Appellant's ineffective assistance claim on direct review. Where "the record on appeal does not include the facts necessary to adjudicate a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, our usual practice is not to consider the claim on the direct appeal, but to leave it to the defendant to raise the claims on a petition for habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2255." United States v. Oladimeji, 463 F.3d 152, 154 (2d Cir. 2006). Should Appellant choose to further pursue his ineffective assistance claim, habeas proceedings will provide "the forum best suited to developing the facts necessary to determining the adequacy of representation." See Massaro v. United States, 538 U.S. 500, 505 (2003).
Finally, the district court correctly determined that Appellant must serve a term of life without release. The district court properly found that Appellant's conviction requires a mandatory life sentence under 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A) because Appellant had committed two prior felony drug offenses that were not part of a "single criminal episode." See United States v. Powell, 404 F.3d 678, 682 (2005).
For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the district court is hereby