PEOPLE v. ROSEBORO

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

PEOPLE of the State of New York, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Willie ROSEBORO, also known as Anndy, Defendant-Appellant.

Decided: September 29, 2006

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, J.P., KEHOE, GORSKI, SMITH, AND PINE, JJ. The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Buffalo (Michael C. Walsh of Counsel), for Defendant-Appellant. Frank J. Clark, District Attorney, Buffalo (Susan C. Ministero of Counsel), for Plaintiff-Respondent.

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him after a nonjury trial of one count each of assault in the first degree (Penal Law § 120.10[1] ), rape in the first degree (§ 130.35[1] ) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (§ 265.02[1] ) and two counts of sodomy in the first degree (former § 130.50[1] ).   Defendant failed to preserve for our review his contention that he was deprived of a fair trial by the admission in evidence of the testimony of a police officer confirming the victim's identification of defendant at the hospital (see CPL 470.05[2] ).   In any event, defendant's contention lacks merit.   The officer testified that defendant was brought to the hospital for a showup identification procedure and that, when the victim saw defendant, she identified him without being asked any questions.   That identification by the victim was admissible under the excited utterance exception to the hearsay rule, i.e., it was “made under the stress of excitement caused by an external event, and not the product of studied reflection and possible fabrication” (People v. Johnson, 1 N.Y.3d 302, 306, 772 N.Y.S.2d 238, 804 N.E.2d 402).   Contrary to defendant's further contentions, the evidence is legally sufficient to support the conviction of sodomy (see generally People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495, 515 N.Y.S.2d 761, 508 N.E.2d 672), and the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from be and the same hereby is unanimously affirmed.

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