United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Columbia Division
WAVERLY D. CRENSHAW, JR., Chief United States District Judge
before the Court are the Petitioner's Motion To Vacate,
Set Aside, Or Correct Sentence In Accordance With 28 U.S.C.
§ 2255 (Doc. No. 1); the Government's Response (Doc.
No. 5); the Government's Supplemental Brief (Doc. No. 8);
the Petitioner's Reply (Doc. No. 10); and the
Petitioner's Supplemental Pleading (Doc. No. 11). For the
reasons set forth herein, the Motion To Vacate (Doc. No. 1)
is DENIED, and this action is DISMISSED.
Procedural and Factual Background
underlying criminal case, the Petitioner pled guilty, before
now-retired Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., to unlawful
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Doc. Nos. 30,
32 in Case No. 1:14cr00006). Through the Plea Agreement, the
Petitioner acknowledged that he qualified as an Armed Career
Criminal, and that he was subject to a mandatory minimum
sentence of 180 months of imprisonment. (Doc. No. 32, at 6,
9, in Case No. 1:14cr00006). The parties estimated the
Petitioner's advisory sentencing guideline range to be
188 to 235 months, and ultimately agreed to a sentence of 188
months. (Id., at 9-10). After the change-of-plea
hearing, the case was randomly reassigned to now-retired
Judge Todd J. Campbell. (Doc. Nos. 33, 34 in Case No.
subsequent sentencing hearing, Judge Campbell adopted the
Presentence Investigation Report, determined that the
advisory sentencing guideline range was 188 to 235 months,
and imposed the 188-month agreed sentence. (Doc. Nos. 40, 41,
42 in Case No. 1:14cr00006). The record reveals that no
appeal was taken.
The Section 2255 Remedy
U.S.C. Section 2255 provides federal prisoners with a
statutory mechanism by which to seek to have their sentence
vacated, set aside or corrected:
(a) A prisoner in custody under sentence of a court
established by Act of Congress claiming the right to be
released upon the ground that the sentence was imposed in
violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States,
or that the court was without jurisdiction to impose such
sentence, or that the sentence was in excess of the maximum
authorized by law, or is otherwise subject to collateral
attack, may move the court which imposed the sentence to
vacate, set aside or correct the sentence.
28 U.S.C. § 2255(a).
order to obtain relief under Section 2255, the petitioner
must demonstrate constitutional error that had a
“‘substantial and injurious effect or influence
on the guilty plea or the jury's verdict.'”
Hamblen v. United States, 591 F.3d 471, 473 (6th
Cir. 2009)(quoting Griffin v. United States, 330
F.3d 733, 736 (6th Cir. 2003)).
court should hold an evidentiary hearing in a Section 2255
proceeding where a factual dispute arises, unless the
petitioner's allegations “‘cannot be accepted
as true because they are contradicted by the record,
inherently incredible, or [are] conclusions rather than
statements of fact.'” Ray v. United
States, 721 F.3d 758, 761 (6th Cir. 2013)(quoting
Arredondo v. United States, 178 F.3d 778, 782
(6th Cir. 1999)). In addition, no hearing is
required where “the record conclusively shows that the
petitioner is entitled to no relief.”
Arredondo, 178 F.3d at 782 (quoting Blanton v.
United States, 94 F.3d 227, 235 (6th Cir.
1996)). See also Fifer v. United States, 660
Fed.Appx. 358, 359 (6th Cir. Aug. 22, 2016).
reviewed the pleadings, briefs and records filed in the
Petitioner's underlying criminal case, as well as the
pleadings, briefs and records filed in this case, the Court
finds that it need not hold an evidentiary hearing in this
case to resolve the Petitioner's claims. The record
conclusively establishes ...