United States District Court, W.D. Virginia, Danville Division
February 19, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
RODNEY WILSON, Petitioner.
2255 MEMORANDUM OPINION
NORMAN K. MOON, District Judge.
Rodney Wilson, a federal inmate proceeding pro se, has filed a motion (docket no. 534) challenging his 2005 convictions and sentence. Because Wilson is challenging the validity of his federal convictions and sentence, I will construe Wilson's motion as a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Upon review of the record, however, I find that the § 2255 action must be dismissed as successive.
Wilson challenges his life sentence for various drug and firearm offenses. Court records indicate that Wilson has previously filed multiple § 2255 motions regarding the same convictions and sentence, which I dismissed. See docket nos. 531, 532, and 533; Civil Action No. 7:07-cv-267. I may consider a second or successive § 2255 motion only upon specific certification from the Fourth Circuit that the claims in the motion meet certain criteria. See § 2255(h). As Wilson has not submitted any evidence of having obtained certification from the Court of Appeals to file a second or successive § 2255 motion, I must dismiss his motions as successive.