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

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. HAVERT STEPHENS, ALSO KNOWN AS HARVERT STEPHENS, DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. (APPEAL NO. 2.)

KA 15–01105

Decided: April 27, 2018

PRESENT:  SMITH, J.P., CARNI, DEJOSEPH, NEMOYER, AND TROUTMAN, JJ. FRANK H. HISCOCKLEGAL AID SOCIETY, SYRACUSE (KRISTEN N. MCDERMOTT OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. WILLIAM J. FITZPATRICK, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SYRACUSE (JAMES P. MAXWELL OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by vacating the sentence imposed on count two of the indictment and as modified the judgment is affirmed, and the matter is remitted to Onondaga County Court for resentencing on that count.

Memorandum:  Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (Penal Law § 220.39[1] ) and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (§ 220.16[1] ).  Contrary to defendant's contention, the sentence imposed on the criminal sale count is not unduly harsh or severe.  We note, however, that County Court failed to pronounce orally a period of postrelease supervision on the criminal possession count.  We therefore modify the judgment by vacating the sentence imposed on count two, and we remit the matter to County Court for resentencing thereon (see People v. Sparber, 10 NY3d 457, 469–470 [2008] ).

Mark W. Bennett

Clerk of the Court