846 F.3d 954 (7th Cir. 2017), 15-3625, United States v. Anglin

Docket Nº:15-3625
Citation:846 F.3d 954
Opinion Judge:Feinerman, District Judge
Party Name:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MICHAEL ANGLIN, Defendant-Appellant
Attorney:For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee: Jonathan H. Koenig, Attorney, Kelly B. Watzka, Assistant U.S. Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Milwaukee, WI. For MICHAEL ANGLIN, Defendant - Appellant: Joseph Aragorn Bugni, Attorney, FEDERAL DEFENDER SERVICES OF WISCONSIN, INC.,...
Judge Panel:Before EASTERBROOK and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges, and FEINERMAN, District Judge.[*]
Case Date:January 25, 2017
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

After the 2013 robbery of a Milwaukee auto repair shop, one of the participants, Green, called the ATF and became a confidential informant. Green did not initially admit to the auto shop robbery, but provided information about the other participants, Anglin and his brother, and gave authorities information that led to Anglin’s arrest as he was travelling to rob a drug house. A jury convicted... (see full summary)


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846 F.3d 954 (7th Cir. 2017)



MICHAEL ANGLIN, Defendant-Appellant

No. 15-3625

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

January 25, 2017

Argued November 7, 2016

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Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. No. 14-cr-3 -- C.N. Clevert, Jr., Judge.


For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee: Jonathan H. Koenig, Attorney, Kelly B. Watzka, Assistant U.S. Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Milwaukee, WI.

For MICHAEL ANGLIN, Defendant - Appellant: Joseph Aragorn Bugni, Attorney, FEDERAL DEFENDER SERVICES OF WISCONSIN, INC., Madison, WI; Anderson M. Gansner, Attorney, FEDERAL DEFENDER SERVICES OF EASTERN WISCONSIN, INCORPORATED, Milwaukee, WI; Daniel W. Stiller, Attorney, Milwaukee, WI.


Before EASTERBROOK and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges, and FEINERMAN, District Judge.[*]


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Feinerman, District Judge

A jury found Michael Anglin guilty of Hobbs Act robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence (the Hobbs Act robbery) under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), and related offenses. The district court sentenced him to 230 months' imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.

Anglin appeals, pressing three challenges. First, he contends that the police arrested him without probable cause in violation of the Fourth Amendment, requiring suppression of the arrest's fruits. Second, he contends that his § 924(c) conviction was improper because Hobbs Act robbery is not a qualifying crime of violence. Third, he contends that his sentence is improper in various respects. Except for his challenge to the supervised release conditions, Anglin's arguments are without merit, so we affirm in large part and vacate and remand only as to that component of his sentence.

I. Background

On December 9, 2013, three men robbed an automobile repair shop in Milwaukee: our defendant, Michael Anglin (" Anglin" ); his brother, Dave Anglin (" Dave" ); and Michael Green, an associate of theirs who at all relevant times lived at the same federal halfway house as Dave. During the robbery, Anglin shot a repair shop employee in the abdomen.

The next day, Green turned informant. He called the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (" ATF" ), identified himself, and reported that the Anglin brothers were plotting to commit robberies and wanted him to join them. ATF registered Green as a " confidential informant" and assigned Special Agent Rick Hankins to lead its investigation.

Hankins met with Green three days later, on December 13. Green reported that he had befriended Dave at the half-way house and become a trusted confidant of both Anglins. Green said that the Anglins recently invited him to commit robberies with them. According to Green, Dave needed cash and was impatient to commit " any kind of robbery." Green said that he had ridden in Anglin's SUV several times, once accompanying the brothers to Anglin's residence. Green also said that on December 7 or 8, the Anglins showed him two assault rifles and a pistol inside the SUV.

For informing on the Anglins, Green sought early termination of his supervised release and/or moving expenses for his family, but he received no promises of either. Green did not tell Hankins about the December 9 robbery that he and the Anglins committed. Hankins asked Green to tell the Anglins that he knew somebody who could help identify a target, so that ATF could insinuate an undercover agent into the group.

During this initial conversation, Green provided cell phone numbers for both Anglins, a description of Anglin's car (" a silver or grey crossover SUV" ), the general whereabouts of Anglin's residence (" on the edge of town" ), the race and nickname of Dave's girlfriend (" a black female named 'Star'" ), and a description of her car (a white Escalade). He also referred to the Anglins as " convicted felons."

Hankins and his colleagues corroborated most of those details. They discovered that the Anglins' mother was the registered owner of a silver Acura MDX SUV and lived just inside Milwaukee's western border. While monitoring Dave's comings and goings at the halfway house, they saw him enter a white Escalade registered to Starmiqua Broom. They verified that Dave was serving a federal prison sentence for bank

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robbery and that Anglin had a state felony conviction for gun possession.

Hankins and Green met again on December 16. Green reported that the Anglins, wary of outsiders, preferred not to add a fourth participant and intended to select a robbery target themselves. They also intended to act quickly; their plan was to rob " something" within the next several days. Green also revised one aspect of his December 13 statement: the Anglins showed him two guns, not three, in the SUV on December 7 or 8--an assault rifle and a pistol.

Hankins showed Green a photo of the apartment complex where the Anglins' mother lived and a generic image of a silver Acura MDX from the same model year as hers. Green confirmed that the former depicted the residence he visited with the Anglins and that the latter matched the appearance of Anglin's SUV. Before departing, Hankins gave Green a digital recorder to surreptitiously capture future conversations with the Anglins.

At 5:00 a.m. the next morning, Hankins noticed a text message from Green: " They trying to do something in the morning what I do." Hankins immediately called Green. Green reported that the Anglins had planned an armed robbery, to be carried out by the trio sometime after 8:00 a.m., which was the earliest that Dave and Green could leave the halfway house. Hankins told Green to go along with the plan and keep ATF apprised of the Anglins' movements.

Hankins and another agent went to the mother's residence. Shortly after 8:00 a.m., they saw Anglin leave the residence and drive off in the Acura, which was parked outside. A short while later, Green called Hankins to report that Dave left the halfway house just after 8:00. According to Green, the plan was for Anglin to pick up Green at or near the halfway house, and then meet Dave " out on the street." Green reNo. layed further information about the planned robbery: the target was a drug house somewhere near 74th Street and Capitol Drive, about three miles from the halfway house. Green did not know the exact address.

Green further reported that Dave told him to look out for a black Dodge Charger parked near the halfway house that looked like a " fed." Green later called Dave and told him that the Charger appeared to be watching a different house down the street. To be safe, the Anglins and Green changed Green's pickup location from the halfway house itself to the corner of Center Street and Fond du Lac Avenue, a few blocks away. This, too, Green told the agents.

At some point, the team tailing Anglin lost track of him in the Acura. Hankins, meanwhile, joined federal agents and Milwaukee police officers in unmarked cars near the new rendezvous point. At 8:40 a.m., Hankins observed Green standing on the north side of Center near Fond du Lac. Hankins contacted Green and instructed him to turn on his recorder.

At 8:48 a.m., the Acura approached Green from the east and pulled up to the curb, with Anglin behind the wheel. Green got into the passenger seat. The Acura then turned right on Fond du Lac, heading northwest in the general direction of 74th and Capitol. Hankins and the rest of the surveillance team followed the Acura at an inconspicuous distance for several minutes, but found it difficult to stay close in rush hour traffic. Concerned about the threat to public safety that an armed robbery might pose if the Acura eluded them, Hankins asked city police to pull over the vehicle. A marked Milwaukee Police Department squad car was summoned, pulled behind the Acura, and activated its lights and

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sirens. Anglin did not stop; instead, he made a U-turn and headed back southeast on Fond du Lac. The Acura stopped only once a second police vehicle blocked its path. Anglin and Green were taken into custody.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., police located Dave at Broom's house and arrested him. The Acura was impounded and searched pursuant to a warrant, yielding a nine-millimeter pistol under the passenger seat. Agents also searched the Anglins' mother's residence, finding a box of ammunition among Anglin's personal effects. Over the course of several debriefing interviews, Green admitted to having committed other robberies while at...

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