The People, etc., respondent, v. Mark C. Haugh, appellant.

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

The People, etc., respondent, v. Mark C. Haugh, appellant.

2006–09197 (Ind.No. 111/05)

Decided: May 31, 2011

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. RUTH C. BALKIN PLUMMER E. LOTT LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. Salvatore C. Adamo, New York, N.Y., for appellant. William V. Grady, District Attorney, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Bridget Rahilly Steller of counsel), for respondent.

Submitted—May 12, 2011


Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Dutchess County (Dolan, J.), rendered September 7, 2006, convicting him of attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The County Court's Sandoval ruling (see People v. Sandoval, 34 N.Y.2d 371) properly balanced the probative value of the evidence of the defendant's criminal background and the possible prejudice to him (see People v. Harris, 74 AD3d 984;  People v. Ward, 65 AD3d 1172, 1173;  People v. Hayes, 44 AD3d 683).   The fact that the defendant's previous conviction took place 10 years earlier does not, by itself, warrant its preclusion for impeachment purposes (see People v. White, 60 AD3d 1095, 1096;  People v. Fotiou, 39 AD3d 877, 878).

The defendant's contention that the evidence was legally insufficient to establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is unpreserved for appellate review (see CPL 470.05[2];  People v. Hawkins, 11 NY3d 484, 492;  People v. Clemmons, 83 AD3d 859).   In any event, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution (see People v. Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620), we find that it was legally sufficient to establish the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt (see People v. Serrano, 74 AD3d 1104, 1105–1106;  Matter of Sean R., 33 AD3d 925;  People v. Samwell, 287 A.D.2d 663;  People v. Smalls, 282 A.D.2d 694, 695).   Moreover, upon reviewing the record here, we are satisfied that the verdict of guilt was not against the weight of the evidence (see CPL 470.15[5];  People v. Romero, 7 NY3d 633).

The sentence imposed was not excessive (see People v. Suitte, 90 A.D.2d 80).



Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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