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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Eric POST, Defendant-Appellant.

Decided: January 21, 1997

Before SULLIVAN, J.P., and WALLACH, RUBIN, TOM and ANDRIAS, JJ. Patrick E. Cox, for Respondent. David Crow, for Defendant-Appellant.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Harold Rothwax, J.), rendered April 6, 1994, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of burglary in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony offender, to concurrent prison terms of 3 1/2 to 7 years and 1 year, respectively, and a $5,000 fine, unanimously affirmed.

The trial court's Sandoval ruling was a proper exercise of discretion (People v. Walker, 83 N.Y.2d 455, 611 N.Y.S.2d 118, 633 N.E.2d 472).  Defendant's theft-related convictions were highly relevant to his credibility, notwithstanding any similarity to the present charges (see, People v. Pavao, 59 N.Y.2d 282, 292, 464 N.Y.S.2d 458, 451 N.E.2d 216), and defendant cannot shield himself from impeachment simply because he has specialized in theft-related crimes.

We perceive no abuse of sentencing discretion.   The record does not support defendant's contention that the court employed impermissible criteria in imposing sentence.


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