The People, etc., respondent, v. Antoine Amanze, also known as Amanze Antoine, appellant.

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

The People, etc., respondent, v. Antoine Amanze, also known as Amanze Antoine, appellant.

2010–03112 (Ind.No. 09–00261)

Decided: September 27, 2011

MARK C. DILLON, J.P. DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO THOMAS A. DICKERSON JEFFREY A. COHEN, JJ. Antoine Amanze, also known as Amanze Antoine, Ossining, N.Y., appellant pro se. Janet DiFiore, District Attorney, White Plains, N.Y. (Laurie Sapakoff, Lois Cullen Valerio, and Richard Longworth Hecht of counsel), for respondent.

Submitted—September 6, 2011

DECISION & ORDER

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Westchester County (Cacace, J.), rendered February 24, 2010, convicting him of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, upon his plea of guilty, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

“A motion to withdraw a plea of guilty rests within the sound discretion of the County Court” (People v. McGhee, 62 AD3d 1027, 1027;  see People v. Seeber, 4 NY3d 780;  People v. Pooler, 58 AD3d 757, 757;  People v. Drago, 50 AD3d 920, 920;  People v. Mann, 32 AD3d 865;  People v. Kucharczyk, 15 AD3d 595).   The County Court's “determination generally will not be disturbed absent an improvident exercise of discretion” (People v. McGhee, 62 AD3d at 1027;  see People v. Pooler, 58 AD3d at 757;  People v. DeLeon, 40 AD3d 1008).   A number of the defendant's contentions in connection with his claim that his plea was not knowingly, voluntarily, or intelligently made are based on matter dehors the record and, thus, cannot be reviewed on direct appeal (see People v. Vasquez, 40 AD3d 1134, 1135).   To the extent that the defendant's claim can be reviewed, the record establishes that the defendant knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered his negotiated plea of guilty (see generally People v. Catu, 4 NY3d 242, 244–245;  People v. Fiumefreddo, 82 N.Y.2d 536, 543;  People v. Harris, 61 N.Y.2d 9, 16–17;  People v. Rhodes, 62 AD3d 815, 816).   Accordingly, the County Court providently exercised its discretion in denying the defendant's motion to withdraw his plea of guilty.

The defendant's claim that he was deprived of the effective assistance of counsel, which allegedly rendered his plea involuntary, is also based principally on matter dehors the record, which cannot be reviewed on direct appeal (see People v. Kent, 79 AD3d 52, 72, lv granted 17 NY3d 797;  People v. Bermejo, 77 AD3d 965, 966;  People v. Tillman, 74 AD3d 1251, 1251;  People v. Surin, 70 AD3d 731, 732).   To the extent that the defendant's claim can be reviewed, the defendant's attorney assisted him in obtaining a favorable plea agreement, and there is nothing in the record which casts doubt on counsel's effectiveness (see People v. Ford, 86 N.Y.2d 397;  People v. Jackson, 56 AD3d 492, 493;  People v. Charpentier, 44 AD3d 680, 681;  People v. Brooks, 36 AD3d 929, 930;  People v. Grimes, 35 AD3d 882, 883).

The defendant's remaining contention is without merit.

DILLON, J.P., ANGIOLILLO, DICKERSON and COHEN, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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