UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA SOUTHERN DIVISION
April 22, 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
ROWDY L. ADAMS, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: John E. Simko United States Magistrate Judge
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION ON DEFENDANT'S CHANGE OF PLEA
This matter came before the court for a change of plea hearing on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The Defendant, Rowdy L. Adams, appeared in person and by his counsel, Assistant Federal Public Defender Tim Langley, while the United States appeared by its Assistant United States Attorney, Tom Wright.
The defendant consented in open court to the change of plea before a United States magistrate judge. This court finds that the defendant's consent was voluntary and upon the advice of counsel. The government also consented to the plea hearing before a magistrate judge. Further, the parties waived their right to object to the report and recommendation.
Defendant has filed a petition to plead guilty to the Indictment which charges him with Failure to Pay Legal Child Support Obligations in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 228(a)(3). At the hearing, the defendant was advised of the nature of the charges to which the defendant would plead guilty and the maximum penalties applicable, specifically: 2 years imprisonment; a $250,000 fine; or both; 1 year supervised release; 1 additional year imprisonment if supervised release is revoked; a $100 special assessment, and restitution.
Upon questioning the defendant personally in open court, it is the finding of the court that the defendant is fully competent and capable of entering an informed plea, that the defendant is aware of the nature of the charges and the consequences of the plea, and that his plea of guilty to the Indictment is a knowing and voluntary plea supported by an independent basis in fact containing each of the essential elements of the offense. The defendant's guilty plea to the Indictment is accepted. It is my report and recommendation that the defendant be adjudged guilty of that offense.
Dated this 22th day of April, 2009.
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