PEOPLE of the State of New York, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Clifford MAYO, III, Defendant-Appellant.
Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree (Penal Law § 220.18 ). As the People correctly concede, the waiver of indictment and superior court information are defective and, therefore, the plea is a nullity and must be vacated. Where, as here, a defendant is charged with a class A felony, the defendant cannot validly waive indictment or consent to be prosecuted by a superior court information (see CPL 195.10 [b]; People v. Trueluck, 88 N.Y.2d 546, 549-550, 647 N.Y.S.2d 476, 670 N.E.2d 977; People v. Ulloa, 260 A.D.2d 212, 687 N.Y.S.2d 627; People v. Ford, 159 A.D.2d 933, 934, 555 N.Y.S.2d 630). Thus, we reverse the judgment, vacate defendant's plea and waiver of indictment, dismiss the superior court information and remit the matter to County Court for further proceedings consistent with our decision herein.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from be and the same hereby is unanimously reversed on the law, the plea and waiver of indictment are vacated, the superior court information is dismissed and the matter is remitted to Wayne County Court for further proceedings.