THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK RESPONDENT v. SHAQUILLE HUNTER DEFENDANT APPELLANT

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. SHAQUILLE HUNTER, DEFENDANT–APPELLANT.

KA 14–01731

Decided: September 30, 2016

PRESENT:  SMITH, J.P., CARNI, LINDLEY, DEJOSEPH, AND SCUDDER, JJ. THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (TIMOTHY P. MURPHY OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. MICHAEL J. FLAHERTY, JR., ACTING DISTRICT ATTORNEY, BUFFALO (JAMES M. MARRA 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 a nonjury verdict of two counts of robbery in the second degree (Penal Law § 160.10 [1], [2][b] ).  Viewing the evidence in light of the elements of the two counts of robbery in the second degree in this nonjury trial (see People v. Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 349), we conclude that the verdict is not against the weight of the evidence (see generally People v. Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495).  “In a bench trial, no less than a jury trial, the resolution of credibility issues by the trier of fact and its determination of the weight to be accorded the evidence presented are entitled to great deference” (People v. Ghent, 132 AD3d 1275, 1275, lv denied 26 NY3d 1145 [internal quotation marks omitted];  see People v. McCoy, 100 AD3d 1422, 1422).  The victim's testimony was not incredible as a matter of law (see People v. Ptak, 37 AD3d 1081, 1082, lv. denied 8 NY3d 949), and County Court was entitled to accept the victim's testimony and reject the testimony of defendant and his codefendant that there was no robbery and that they were playing a practical joke on the victim.  “[U]pon our review of the record, we cannot say that the court failed to give the evidence the weight that it should be accorded” (People v. Britt, 298 A.D.2d 984, 984, lv denied 99 N.Y.2d 556).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court