341 F2d 378 McDonald v. United States
341 F.2d 378
Berl Estes McDONALD, Appellant,
UNITED STATES of America, Appellee.
United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit.
Feb. 3, 1965.
B. F. Napheys, III, Denver, Colo., for appellant.
Thomas E. Joyce, Asst. U.S. Atty. (Newell A. George, U.S. Atty., District of Kansas, on the brief), for appellee.
Before MURRAH, Chief Judge, and BREITENSTEIN and HILL, Circuit Judges.
BREITENSTEIN, Circuit Judge.
The trial court denied without hearing appellant's motion for relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255 from a 10-year sentence imposed on his plea of guilty to a charge of assault with intent to murder. At the time of the commission of the crime appellant was an inmate of the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. One of the grounds asserted for relief is mental incompetence at the time of a guilty plea. When such a claim is raised the 2255 motion may not be disposed of without a hearing. See Nipp v. United States, 10 Cir., 324 F.2d 711, and Ellison v. United States, 10 Cir., 324 F.2d 710, and cases therein cited.
Reversed and remanded with directions to grant appellant a hearing.