UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Lorenzo BELL, Defendant-Appellant.
Decided: February 07, 2020
Before: FERNANDEZ, SILVERMAN, and TALLMAN, Circuit Judges.
Jessica Manca, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Helen J. Brunner, Esquire, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Neal Bruce Christiansen, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tobias D. Tobler, Assistant U.S. Attorney, DOJ-Office of the U.S. Attorney, Seattle, WA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Lorenzo Bell, Pro Se
Lorenzo Bell appeals from the district court’s judgment and challenges his guilty-plea conviction and 36-month sentence for possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C). Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), Bell’s counsel has filed a brief stating that there are no grounds for relief, along with a motion to withdraw as counsel of record. Bell has filed a pro se supplemental brief. No answering brief has been filed.
Bell 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. Bell’s pro se motion to appoint counsel is DENIED.
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