United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. Jessica Lynn Wallace, Defendant - Appellant.
Federal inmate Jessica Wallace pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A), and 846 (Count 1); possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B) (Count 2); and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) (Count 3). The district court 1 sentenced her to concurrent prison terms of 120 months on Counts 1 and 2; a consecutive 60-month term on Count 3; and 5 years of supervised release. This appeal followed, in which Wallace's counsel has moved to withdraw, and has filed a brief under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), arguing that the sentence was unreasonable based on Wallace's circumstances.
We conclude that counsel's argument lacks merit because Wallace's prison term represents the statutory minimum, and therefore it is not subject to review for reasonableness under United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005). See United States v. Gregg, 451 F.3d 930, 937 (8th Cir. 2006). Further, having independently reviewed the record under Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75 (1988), we find no non-frivolous issues for appeal.
Accordingly, the judgment of the district court is affirmed, and counsel's motion to withdraw is granted.
1. The Honorable Linda R. Reade, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.