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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Peter William IHNKEN Defendant - Appellant

No. 18-3335

Decided: September 10, 2019

Before BENTON, SHEPHERD, and KELLY, Circuit Judges. Megan A. Healy, Jacob T. Rodenbiker, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota, Fargo, ND, for Plaintiff - Appellee Peter William Ihnken, Pro Se


Peter Ihnken appeals his conviction and the sentence the district court 1 imposed after he pleaded guilty to a felon-in-possession offense, pursuant to a plea agreement containing a partial appeal waiver. His counsel has moved for leave to withdraw, and has filed a brief under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), raising issues regarding whether Ihnken’s prior felony convictions prohibited him from possessing firearms or ammunition; whether his sentence should have been enhanced under the Armed Career Criminal Act; and whether he was misled, at the change-of-plea hearing, into believing he would receive a shorter prison term. We conclude that the appeal waiver is valid and enforceable, and that it applies to the issues counsel raises on appeal. See United States v. Scott, 627 F.3d 702, 704 (8th Cir. 2010) (de novo review of validity and applicability of appeal waiver); United States v. Andis, 333 F.3d 886, 890-91 (8th Cir. 2003) (en banc) (appeal waiver will be enforced if appeal falls within scope of waiver, defendant knowingly and voluntarily entered into plea agreement and waiver, and enforcing waiver would not result in miscarriage of justice).

Having reviewed the record pursuant to Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), we find no non-frivolous issues for appeal outside the scope of the appeal waiver. Accordingly, we dismiss this appeal, and we grant counsel leave to withdraw.


1.   The Honorable James M. Moody, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, sitting by designation in the District of North Dakota.


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Decided: September 10, 2019

Court: United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

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