THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK RESPONDENT v. ANTHONY ADAMS DEFENDANT APPELLANT

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

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. ANTHONY N. ADAMS, DEFENDANT–APPELLANT.

KA 09–00546

Decided: April 20, 2012

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, P.J., FAHEY, LINDLEY, AND MARTOCHE, JJ. PATRICIA M. MCGRATH, LOCKPORT, FOR DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. MICHAEL J. VIOLANTE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, LOCKPORT (THOMAS H. BRANDT OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

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

Memorandum:  Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of robbery in the first degree (Penal Law § 160.15[3] ) and manslaughter in the first degree (§ 125.20[1] ).   We reject defendant's contention that his waiver of the right to appeal was not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered (see People v. Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256;  People v. Hidalgo, 91 N.Y.2d 733, 735).  “The responses of defendant to County Court's questions during the plea colloquy establish that he understood the consequences of waiving the right to appeal and voluntarily waived that right” (People v. Ruffins, 78 AD3d 1627, 1627–1628;  see People v. Dunham, 83 AD3d 1423, 1424, lv denied 17 NY3d 794).   Further, the court “ ‘describ[ed] the nature of the right being waived without lumping that right into the panoply of trial rights automatically forfeited upon pleading guilty’ “ (People v. Tabb, 81 AD3d 1322, 1322, lv denied 16 NY3d 900, quoting Lopez, 6 NY3d at 257).   The court also “ ‘made clear that the waiver of the right to appeal was a condition of [the] plea, not a consequence thereof’ “ (People v. McCarthy, 83 AD3d 1533, 1533–1534, lv denied 17 NY3d 819).

“The valid waiver of the right to appeal encompasses defendant's contention concerning the denial of his request for youthful offender status” (People v. Elshabazz, 81 AD3d 1429, 1429, lv denied 16 NY3d 858;  see People v. Harris, 77 AD3d 1326, lv denied 16 NY3d 743).   The waiver, however, “does not encompass his contention with respect to the severity of the sentence ․ because the record establishes that defendant waived his right to appeal before County Court advised him of the potential periods of imprisonment that could be imposed” (People v. Mingo, 38 AD3d 1270, 1271).   Nonetheless, we conclude that the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court