United States District Court, E.D. Texas, Beaumont Division
FINDINGS OF FACT AND RECOMMENDATION ON GUILTY PLEA
BEFORE THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
F. GIBLIN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
order of the District Court, this matter was referred to the
undersigned United States Magistrate Judge for administration
of a guilty plea and allocution under Rules 11 and 32 of the
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Magistrate judges have
the statutory authority to conduct a felony guilty plea
proceeding as an “additional duty” pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(3). United States v.
Bolivar-Munoz, 313 F.3d 253, 255 (5th Cir.
2002), cert. denied, 123 S.Ct. 1642 (2003). On June
17, 2019, this cause came before the undersigned United
States Magistrate Judge for entry of a guilty plea by the
defendant, Roy Thomas, on Counts Two
and Three of the charging
Indictment filed in this cause.
Two of the Indictment charges that from on or about, August
12, 2018, Roy Thomas, defendant, at a place within the
special territorial jurisdiction of the United States, namely
the Federal Correctional Complex, Beaumont, Texas, located in
the Eastern District of Texas, did knowingly assault S.O.
with a dangerous weapon, namely a weapon, that is an
approximately 7- inch metal item sharpened to a point on one
end, white in color, as an object that was designed and
intended to be used as a weapon, with intent to do bodily
harm to said S.O, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(3).
Three of the Indictment charges that on or about November 23,
2018, Roy Thomas, defendant, being an inmate of the Federal
Correctional Complex, Beaumont, Texas, located in the Eastern
District of Texas, did knowingly possess a prohibited object,
namely a weapon, that is, approximately 7-inch metal item
sharpened to a point on one end, black in color, as an object
that was designed and intended to be used as a weapon, in
violation of 18 U.S.C. 1791(a)(2).
Roy Thomas, entered a plea of guilty to Counts Two and Three
of the Indictment into the record at the hearing.
conducting the proceeding in the form and manner prescribed
by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 the Court finds:
a. That Defendant, after consultation with counsel of record,
has knowingly, freely and voluntarily consented to the
administration of the guilty plea in this cause by a United
States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Texas
subject to a final approval and imposition of sentence by the
b. That Defendant and the Government have entered into a plea
agreement and a plea agreement addendum which were addressed
in open court and entered into the record.
c. That Defendant is fully competent and capable of entering
an informed plea, that Defendant is aware of the nature of
the charges and the consequences of the plea, and that the
plea of guilty is a knowing, voluntary and freely made plea.
Upon addressing the Defendant personally in open court, the
Court determines that Defendant's plea is voluntary and
did not result from force, threats or promises. See
Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b)(2).
d. That Defendant's knowing, voluntary and freely made
plea is supported by an independent factual basis
establishing each of the essential elements of the offense
and Defendant realizes that his conduct falls within the
definition of the crimes charged under 18 U.S.C. §§
113(a)(3) and 1791(a)(2).
factual support for Defendant's guilty plea, the
Government presented a factual basis. See Factual Basis
and Stipulation. In support, the Government and
Defendant stipulated that if this case were to proceed to
trial the Government would prove beyond a reasonable doubt,
through the sworn testimony of witnesses, including expert
witnesses, as well as through admissible exhibits, each and
every essential element of the crime charged in Counts Two
and Three of the Indictment. The Government would also prove
that the defendant is one and the same person charged in the
Indictment and that the events described in Indictment
occurred in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere. The
Court incorporates the proffer of evidence described in
detail in the factual basis and stipulation in support of the
Roy Thomas, agreed with and stipulated to the evidence
presented in the factual basis. Counsel for Defendant and the
Government attested to Defendant's competency and
capability to enter an informed plea of guilty. The Defendant
agreed with the evidence presented by the Government and
personally testified that he was entering his guilty plea
knowingly, freely and voluntarily.