United States Court of Appeals
For the Eighth Circuit
United States of America
lllllllllllllllllllllPlaintiff - Appellee
Erik M. Barber
lllllllllllllllllllllDefendant - Appellant
Appeal from United States District Court
for the Southern District of Iowa - Western
Submitted: February 3, 2021
Filed: February 8, 2021
Before GRASZ, WOLLMAN, and STRAS, Circuit Judges.
Erik Barber received a 219-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to
conspiring to distribute a controlled substance. See 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1),
841(b)(1)(A), 846. In an Anders brief, Barber’s counsel suggests that the sentence
is substantively unreasonable and requests permission to withdraw. See Anders v.
386 U.S. 738
(1967). We affirm.
We conclude that Barber’s sentence is substantively reasonable. See United
States v. Feemster,
572 F.3d 455
, 461–62 (8th Cir. 2009) (en banc) (applying an
abuse-of-discretion standard); see also United States v. Callaway,
762 F.3d 754
(8th Cir. 2014) (stating that a within-Guidelines-range sentence is presumptively
reasonable). The record establishes that the district court 1 sufficiently considered
the statutory sentencing factors, 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), and did not rely on an improper
factor or commit a clear error of judgment. See United States v. Larison,
432 F.3d 921
, 923–24 (8th Cir. 2006). Moreover, the court had no obligation to vary
downward “on policy grounds,” even if it had the authority to do so. United States
670 F.3d 877
, 882 (8th Cir. 2012).
Finally, we have independently reviewed the record and conclude that no
other non-frivolous issues exist. See Penson v. Ohio,
488 U.S. 75
, 82–83 (1988).
We accordingly affirm the judgment of the district court and grant counsel
permission to withdraw.
The Honorable James E. Gritzner, United States District Judge for the
Southern District of Iowa.