U.S. v. CRUZ

Case No. 1:16-cr-00288-BLW.


United States District Court, D. Idaho.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Yaniel Villafana Febles, Defendant, Pro Se.

Yaniel Villafana Febles, Defendant, represented by Samuel Richard Rubin , Federal Defender Services of Idaho & Thomas Monaghan , Federal Defender Services of Idaho.

Yulian Cruz Santa Cruz, Defendant, Pro Se.

Yulian Cruz Santa Cruz, Defendant, represented by Andrew H. Parnes .

USA, Plaintiff, represented by Melissa Lou , District of Idaho United States Attorney's Office.


B. LYNN WINMILL, Chief District Judge.

Before the Court is a Report and Recommendation filed by the United States Magistrate Judge. (Dkt. 39). On April 27, 2017, Defendant Yulian Cruz Santa Cruz appeared before the Magistrate Judge to enter a change of plea pursuant to a written plea agreement. The Magistrate Judge conducted the plea hearing and concluded there is a factual basis for Defendant's plea of guilty to the charges contained in Count 27 of the Information (Dkt. 1), and that it was entered voluntarily and with full knowledge of the consequences. No objections to the Report and Recommendation have been filed.

The Court now has reviewed the record, and finds that the requirements of Rule 11 have been met. See United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 2003). Specifically, the Court finds that the Magistrate Judge adhered to the requirements of Rule 11(b); that under Rule 11(b)(2), the Defendant's plea was voluntary and not the result of force or threats or promises apart from the plea agreement; and that a factual basis for the plea exists. See id. Accordingly,

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 39) shall be, and the same is hereby, ADOPTED as the decision of the District Court and incorporated fully herein by reference.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Defendant's plea of guilty to the crimes charged in Count 27 of the Indictment (Dkt. 1), shall be, and the same is hereby, ACCEPTED by the Court as a knowing and voluntary plea supported by an independent basis in fact containing each of the essential elements of the offense.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Yulian Cruz Santa Cruz is found to be GUILTY as to the applicable crimes charged in the Indictment (Dkt. 1).


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