INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published December 10, 2012, 10:50 AM

Appeals court rules against North Dakota woman in drug case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has rejected the argument of a North Dakota woman who tried to withdraw her guilty plea after she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a drug charge.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has rejected the argument of a North Dakota woman who tried to withdraw her guilty plea after she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a drug charge.

Diana Gamboa pleaded guilty in January 2011 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. She was one of several people indicted in a case dubbed "Operation Budapest."

Gamboa told a judge at her sentencing hearing that she didn't understand the federal court's mandatory minimum sentence and asked to withdraw her guilty plea. Her request was denied.

The 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that Gamboa later decided to withdraw her motion to take back the guilty plea.

The court also rejected an argument by Gamboa that the sentence was too harsh.

Tags: