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United States v. Sayles

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

June 6, 2014

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Maurice Suton Anton Sayles, Defendant - Appellant; United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Martinus Antuan Sayles, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted February 14, 2014

Page 565

Appeal from United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Springfield.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee (13-1834, 13-1874)): Randall D. Eggert, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Springfield, MO.

For Maurice Suton Anton Sayles, Defendant - Appellant (13-1834): Ruth B. Sanders, LAW OFFICE OF RUTH B. SANDERS, Kansas City, MO.

Maurice Suton Anton Sayles, Defendant - Appellant (13-1834), Pro se, Springfield, MO.

For Martinus Antuan Sayles, Defendant - Appellant (13-1874): Ian A. Lewis, Assistant Federal Public Defender, FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE, Springfield, MO.

Martinus Antuan Sayles, Defendant - Appellant (13-1874), Pro se, Forrest City, AR.

Before RILEY, Chief Judge, LOKEN and BYE, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

Page 566

BYE, Circuit Judge.

Martinus Antuan Sayles (" Martinus" ) and Maurice Suton Anton Sayles (" Maurice" ) each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and the district court[1] sentenced each to eighty-five months of imprisonment. Martinus and Maurice now appeal the sentences. We affirm each sentence.

I

Twin brothers Martinus and Maurice engaged in a scheme whereby they would steal checks, forge checks, purchase merchandise, then return the merchandise for cash. The loss attributable to the scheme was $5,990. On April 4, 2012, an indictment was filed in the Western District of Missouri, charging Martinus and Maurice with ...


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