The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Samuel McGRIFF, Appellant.
-- January 31, 2008
Kim C. Anderson, Delmar, for appellant, and appellant pro se.Beth G. Cozzolino, District Attorney, Hudson (N. Neal Conolly of counsel), for respondent.
Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Columbia County (Leaman, J.), rendered July 11, 2002, convicting defendant following a nonjury trial of the crime of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.
Defendant was charged in an indictment with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. He waived his right to a jury trial, was found guilty of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and was sentenced as a second felony offender to 2 to 4 years in prison. Defendant appeals.
Defendant asserts that County Court improperly sentenced him as a second felony offender based upon his February 1999 conviction of robbery in the second degree. The record establishes that defendant was 16 years old at the time he committed this crime and that he served 1 1/313 to 4 years in a facility operated by the State Division for Youth. There is no indication that he was adjudicated a youthful offender. While “[a] youthful offender adjudication is not a judgment of conviction for a crime or any other offense” (CPL 720.35 ) and, therefore, may not be used to establish second felony offender status for purposes of sentencing (see People v. Adams, 281 A.D.2d 707, 708, 721 N.Y.S.2d 291  ), we cannot conclude on the record before us that defendant was adjudicated a youthful offender with respect to the prior robbery conviction. Consequently, the sentence was not illegal. Defendant's remaining arguments have been considered and are lacking in merit.
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.