THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK RESPONDENT v. WILLIE HALL DEFENDANT APPELLANT

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

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. WILLIE HALL, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

KA 10-00023

Decided: March 25, 2011

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, P.J., FAHEY, CARNI, GREEN, AND GORSKI, JJ. LINDA M. CAMPBELL, SYRACUSE, FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT. WILLIE HALL, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT PRO SE. WILLIAM J. FITZPATRICK, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SYRACUSE (VICTORIA M. WHITE OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

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

Memorandum:  On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon a plea of guilty of assault in the first degree (Penal Law § 120.10[4] ), defendant contends that his plea was not knowing, voluntary, and intelligent because it was coerced by Supreme Court.   Defendant failed to move to withdraw his plea or to vacate the judgment of conviction on that ground and therefore failed to preserve his contention for our review (see People v. Carlisle, 50 AD3d 1451, lv denied 10 NY3d 957).   In any event, defendant's contention is belied by the record inasmuch as, during the plea proceeding, defendant denied that he had been threatened or otherwise influenced against his will into pleading guilty (see People v. Worthy, 46 AD3d 1382, lv denied 10 NY3d 773;  People v. Gradia, 28 AD3d 1206, 1206-1207, lv denied 7 NY3d 756).   Furthermore, defendant was not coerced into pleading guilty by virtue of the fact that the court merely informed him of the range of sentences that he faced if he proceeded to trial and was convicted (see People v. Boyde, 71 AD3d 1442, 1443, lv. denied 15 NY3d 747;  People v. Lando, 61 AD3d 1389, lv denied 13 NY3d 746).   Also contrary to defendant's contention, under the circumstances of this case the court did not coerce him into pleading guilty by commenting on the likelihood that defendant would be acquitted of a particular charge or on the strength of the People's evidence against him (see generally People v. Hamilton, 45 AD3d 1396, lv denied 10 NY3d 765;  People v. Campbell, 236 A.D.2d 877, 878;  People v. King, 169 A.D.2d 480, 481).

Defendant failed to preserve for our review his further contention that he was not properly adjudicated a second violent felony offender because neither the People nor the court complied with CPL 400.15 (see People v. Myers, 52 AD3d 1229;  see also People v. Tatum, 39 AD3d 571;  see generally People v. Bouyea, 64 N.Y.2d 1140, 1142-1143).   In any event, that contention is without merit.   The record establishes that there was “substantial compliance with CPL 400.15 ․ inasmuch as both defendant and defense counsel ‘received adequate notice and an opportunity to be heard with respect to the prior conviction’ “ (Myers, 52 AD3d at 1230;  see generally Bouyea, 64 N.Y.2d at 1142).   Finally, contrary to the contention of defendant in his pro se supplemental brief, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Patricia L. Morgan

Clerk of the Court