No. 09-3132.

642 F.3d 1151 (2011)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee v. Dannie JONES, Also Known as Smiley, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided June 28, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Gregory Stuart Smith , appointed by the court, argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellant.

Stephanie C. Brenowitz , Assistant U.S. Attorney, argued the cause for appellee. With her on the brief were Ronald C. Machen Jr. , U.S. Attorney, and Roy W. McLeese III , Elizabeth Trosman , Darlene M. Soltys , John K. Han , and B. Patrick Costello , Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge GARLAND.

GARLAND, Circuit Judge:

Dannie Jones pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Although Jones faced a mandatory life sentence if he went to trial and lost, his plea agreement provided for a sentence of sixty months. Before he was sentenced, however, Jones moved to withdraw his guilty plea, maintaining that he had not understood that he was pleading guilty to conspiracy. The district court denied the...

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