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United States v. Hodge

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
412 F.3d 479 (2005)


Facts

The United States (plaintiff) indicted Devin Hodge (defendant) and his brother, Irvine Hodge, for the murder of a store owner. The prosecution offered Devin and Irvine identical plea agreements. The agreements were each contingent on both agreements being accepted. The brothers accepted the plea agreements and pleaded guilty. The district court sentenced each of the brothers to life in prison. Devin appealed, arguing that the plea colloquy was improper because the district court was not aware that Devin’s plea was contingent on Irvine’s plea, and vice versa.

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