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United States v. Thomas

United States District Court, D. Columbia.

October 28, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
RICO THOMAS, Defendant

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For DAVID M. LONG, also known as DAMO, Defendant (1:10-cr-00171-JDB): Jeffrey Brian O'Toole, LEAD ATTORNEY, Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata, Washington, DC; Steven Roy Kiersh, LEAD ATTORNEY, STEVEN R. KIERSH, Washington, DC.

RICO L. THOMAS, Defendant (1:10-cr-00171-JDB), Pro se, Pine Knot, KY.

For RICO L. THOMAS, Defendant (1:10-cr-00171-JDB): Gary E. Proctor, LEAD ATTORNEY, GARY E. PROCTOR, LLC, Baltimore, MD; Matthew G. Kaiser, LEAD ATTORNEY, Kaiser, LeGrand & Dillon PLLC, Washington, DC.

For REGINALD DOUGLAS, JR., also known as RAYMOND DOUGLAS, also known as NEW YORK REGGIE, Defendant (1:10-cr-00171-JDB): Edward Charles Sussman, LEAD ATTORNEY, LAW OFFICES OF EDWARD C. SUSSMAN, Washington, DC; Stephen C. Leckar, LEAD ATTORNEY, LAW OFFICE OF STEPHEN LECKAR, Washington, DC.

For USA, Plaintiff (1:10-cr-00171-JDB): Nancy Boggs Jackson, Thomas S. Rees, LEAD ATTORNEYS, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Washington, DC; Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, LEAD ATTORNEY, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Narcotics Division, Washington, DC.

Rico L. Thomas, Petitioner (1:13cv172), Pro se, Pine Knot, KY, USA.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

JOHN D. BATES, United States District Judge.

Rico Thomas was sentenced to twenty-eight-years' incarceration for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering organization. Having failed to appeal his sentence, he now seeks to vacate it, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Because Thomas does not allege any error that puts his guilty plea in doubt, the Court will deny his motion.

BACKGROUND

Rico Thomas was originally indicted on a slew of racketeering charges, including murder in aid of racketeering activity, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and first degree murder. Thomas was said to be part of a narcotics ring in the DC metro area that achieved its goals, in part, through such violence.

The government eventually filed a superseding information, containing only one count: conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ยง 1962(d). See ECF No. 152. Thomas waived the indictment, see ECF No. 158, waived his trial rights, see ECF No. 159, and pleaded guilty to that single count, see ECF No. 161. He was ...


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