UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Shaun Gui HALE, Defendant-Appellant.
Decided: December 16, 2019
Before: WALLACE, CANBY, and TASHIMA, Circuit Judges.
Krissa Marie Lanham, USPX - Office of the US Attorney, Phoenix, AZ, for Plaintiff-Appellee Shaun Gui Hale, Pro Se
Shaun Gui Hale appeals from the district court’s judgment and challenges his guilty-plea conviction and 84-month sentence for domestic assault by strangling or suffocation, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(8) and 1153. Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), Hale’s counsel has filed a brief stating that there are no grounds for relief, along with a motion to withdraw as counsel of record. The court has considered Hale’s letter dated October 25, 2019, which we treat as a pro se supplemental opening brief. No answering brief had been filed.
Hale waived his right to appeal his conviction and sentence. Our independent review of the record pursuant to Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), discloses no arguable issue as to the validity of the waiver. See United States v. Watson, 582 F.3d 974, 986-88 (9th Cir. 2009). We accordingly dismiss the appeal. See id. at 988.
Counsel’s motion to withdraw is GRANTED. Hale’s pro se motion for appointment of counsel is DENIED.
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