554 F2d 696 United States v. Montanez

554 F.2d 696

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Virgilio Marrero MONTANEZ, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 76-2752

Summary Calendar.*
United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

June 22, 1977.

Gustavo L. Acevedo, Asst. Federal Public Defender, Laredo, Tex., Roland E. Dahlin, II, Federal Public Defender, Karen K. Friedman, Asst. Federal Public Defender, Houston, Tex., for defendant-appellant.

Edward B. McDonough, Jr., U.S. Atty., James R. Gough, Mary L. Sinderson, George A. Kelt, Jr., Rene Gonzalez, Asst. U.S. Attys., Houston, Tex., for plaintiff-appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Before COLEMAN, GODBOLD and TJOFLAT, Circuit Judges.


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Virgilio Montanez pled guilty to a marijuana charge, and he received a probationary sentence. While on probation he was arrested for possessing marijuana again. He again pled guilty. During the hearing to determine whether the probation should be revoked, the district judge considered the fact that Montanez had been convicted of armed robbery since the date of the probationary sentence. Montanez appeals the revocation of his probation, claiming it was error for the judge to consider the armed robbery conviction because the actual offense took place prior to the date of the probated sentence.


We need not determine whether the district court erred as claimed. Appellant does not contest the validity of his second marijuana conviction, nor does he claim that the conduct on which the conviction is based did not occur while he was on probation. That conduct alone would have been sufficient to justify revoking appellant's probation. See United States v. Carrion, 9 Cir.1972, 457 F.2d 808. Even if the district court was in error in considering the armed robbery conviction, the error is harmless in light of the second marijuana conviction.




Rule 18, 5 Cir., Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens, Casualty Company of New York et al., 5 Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I