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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Michael KEAVNEY, agent of Dyna-Mike, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 19-2358

Decided: March 03, 2020

Before GRUENDER, WOLLMAN, and STRAS, Circuit Judges. F. A. White, Jr., Kansas City, MO, for appellant. Matthew A. Moeder, Asst. U.S. Atty., Kansas City, MO, for appellee.


Michael Keavney appeals the sentence the district court 1 imposed after he pleaded guilty to a drug offense pursuant to a plea agreement that contained an appeal waiver. His counsel seeks 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), questioning whether the district court imposed a substantively reasonable sentence.

We conclude that the appeal waiver is valid, enforceable, and applicable to the issues raised in this appeal. See United States v. Scott, 627 F.3d 702, 704 (8th Cir. 2010) (stating that this court reviews de novo the validity and applicability of an appeal waiver); United States v. Andis, 333 F.3d 886, 889-92 (8th Cir. 2003) (en banc) (stating that an appeal waiver will be enforced if the appeal falls within the scope of the waiver, the defendant knowingly and voluntarily entered into the plea agreement and the waiver, and enforcing the waiver would not result in a miscarriage of justice).

Having independently 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 nonfrivolous issues for appeal outside the scope of the appeal waiver. Accordingly, we dismiss this appeal, and grant counsel leave to withdraw.


1.   The Honorable Roseann A. Ketchmark, United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.


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