United States of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Kevin Matthew Watkins Defendant - Appellant

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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

United States of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Kevin Matthew Watkins Defendant - Appellant

No. 17-1989

Decided: November 30, 2017

Before WOLLMAN, LOKEN, and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges.

In this direct criminal appeal, Kevin Watkins challenges the sentence the district court 1 imposed following his guilty plea to possession of child pornography. His counsel has moved to withdraw and submitted a brief under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), discussing the reasonableness of the sentence.

We conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Watkins, as it properly considered the 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) factors; and there was no indication that it overlooked a relevant factor, or committed a clear error of judgment in weighing relevant factors. See United States v. David, 682 F.3d 1074, 1077 (8th Cir. 2012) (standard of review); United States v. Wohlman, 651 F.3d 878, 887 (8th Cir. 2011). Furthermore, we have independently reviewed the record under Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75 (1988), and have found no non-frivolous issues for appeal.

Accordingly, we grant counsel's motion, and affirm.

FOOTNOTES

1.   The Honorable Susan O. Hickey, United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.

PER CURIAM.