PEOPLE v. WILLIAMS

Reset A A Font size: Print

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

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Jamal WILLIAMS, Appellant.

Decided: June 29, 2006

Before:  CARDONA, P.J., SPAIN, CARPINELLO, MUGGLIN and LAHTINEN, JJ. Susan BetzJitomir, Bath, for appellant. Robert M. Carney, District Attorney, Schenectady (Alfred D. Chapleau of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Schenectady County (Hoye, J.), rendered August 13, 2004, convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of the crime of attempted assault in the first degree.

Defendant was charged in an eight-count indictment with attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.   In full satisfaction of the indictment, defendant pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the first degree and agreed to waive his right to appeal with the understanding that he would be sentenced to 10 years in prison and a period of postrelease supervision.   County Court thereafter sentenced defendant to 10 years in prison and four years of postrelease supervision.   Defendant now appeals claiming that County Court violated the terms of the plea agreement by imposing a four-year-period of postrelease supervision and he received ineffective assistance of counsel.

 Initially, we note that defendant's arguments are unpreserved (see People v. Garrand, 22 A.D.3d 959, 960, 802 N.Y.S.2d 789 [2006], lv. denied 6 N.Y.3d 812, 812 N.Y.S.2d 452, 845 N.E.2d 1283 [2006];  People v. McKane, 222 A.D.2d 458, 458, 634 N.Y.S.2d 542 [1995] ).   Nonetheless, the arguments are without merit.   The record indicates that the plea agreement did not specify the length of the period of postrelease supervision to be imposed, only that the parties agreed there would be “a term of post-release supervision.”   County Court's erroneous indication that the period of postrelease supervision would be somewhere between 1 1/212 and 3 years was not a promise or term of the negotiated plea agreement.   A determinate sentence imposed upon a conviction for a class C violent felony must be accompanied by a period of postrelease supervision between 2 1/212 and 5 years (see Penal Law § 70.45[2][f] ), a fact understood and acknowledged by defendant's counsel at sentencing when he requested that County Court impose the minimum period of postrelease supervision under Penal Law § 70.45 “which would be two-and-a-half years.”

 Moreover, the favorable plea bargain negotiated here belies defendant's claim of ineffective assistance of counsel (see People v. Ford, 86 N.Y.2d 397, 404, 633 N.Y.S.2d 270, 657 N.E.2d 265 [1995] ).

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

LAHTINEN, J.

CARDONA, P.J., SPAIN, CARPINELLO and MUGGLIN, JJ., concur.

Copied to clipboard