PEOPLE v. JONES

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

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Khjay JONES, etc., Defendant-Appellant.

Decided: October 18, 2001

SULLIVAN, P.J., WILLIAMS, TOM, MAZZARELLI and ANDRIAS, JJ. Madeleine Guilmain, for Respondent. Steven N. Feinman, for Defendant-Appellant.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Carol Berkman, J.), rendered April 19, 1999, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of robbery in the first and second degrees, and sentencing him, as a second violent felony offender, to concurrent terms of 15 years, unanimously affirmed.

Defendant's ineffective assistance of counsel involves matters of strategy and thus should have been raised by way of a CPL 440.10 motion.   On the existing record, defendant received meaningful representation (see, People v. Benevento, 91 N.Y.2d 708, 713-714, 674 N.Y.S.2d 629, 697 N.E.2d 584).   Defense counsel pursued a vigorous misidentification defense, including an attack on the reliability of the showup identification and impeachment of the victim with her Grand Jury testimony.   In addition, counsel devoted much of his summation to the proposition that the victim had identified the wrong person.   We perceive no basis for a reduction of sentence.