Case No. 2:17-cr-16-01.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. Alex James Faught, Defendant.

United States District Court, W.D. Michigan, Northern Division.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Alex James Faught, defendant, represented by Elizabeth A. LaCosse , Federal Public Defender.

Eric William Howe, defendant, represented by Sarah Emily Henderson , Casselman & Henderson PC.

Michael William Reynolds, defendant, represented by Monica Mary Lubiarz-Quigley , Law Office of Monica Lubiarz-Quigley.

USA, Plaintiff, represented by Maarten Vermaat , U.S. Attorney.


TIMOTHY P. GREELEY, Magistrate Judge.

Pursuant to W.D. MICH. L.CR.R. 11.1, I conducted a plea hearing in the captioned case on June 28, 2017, after receiving the written consent of defendant and all counsel. At the hearing, defendant Alex James Faught entered a plea of guilty to Count 1, charging defendant with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Firearms in violation of 18:922(i), 18:2(a), 18:921(a), 18:924(a)(2), in exchange for the undertakings made by the government in the written plea agreement. On the basis of the record made at the hearing, I find that defendant is fully capable and competent to enter an informed plea; that the plea is made knowingly and with full understanding of each of the rights waived by defendant; that it is made voluntarily and free from any force, threats, or promises, apart from the promises in the plea agreement; that the defendant understands the nature of the charge and penalties provided by law; and that the plea has a sufficient basis in fact.

I therefore recommend that defendant's plea of guilty to Count 1 be accepted, that the court adjudicate defendant guilty, and that the written plea agreement be considered for acceptance at the time of sentencing. It is further recommended that defendant remain detained pending sentencing. Acceptance of the plea, adjudication of guilt, acceptance of the plea agreement, determination of defendant's status pending sentencing, and imposition of sentence are specifically reserved for the district judge.


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