PEOPLE v. FRAZIER

Reset A A Font size: Print

The PEOPLE, etc., respondent, v. Davaj FRAZIER, appellant.

Decided: July 26, 2017

CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, J.P., LEONARD B. AUSTIN, SHERI S. ROMAN, and BETSY BARROS, JJ. Paul N. Weber, Jr., Cornwall, NY, for appellant. David M. Hoovler, District Attorney, Goshen, N.Y. (Robert H. Middlemiss of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Orange County (Freehill, J.), rendered March 30, 2015, convicting him of criminal possession of weapon in the second degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's contention that the evidence was legally insufficient to support his conviction of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is unpreserved for appellate review (see People v. Kolupa, 13 NY3d 786, 787; People v. Hawkins, 11 NY3d 484, 492; People v. Finger, 95 N.Y.2d 894, 895; cf. People v. Squires, 68 AD3d 900, 900). In any event, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution (see People v. Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620, 621), we find that it was legally sufficient to establish the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Moreover, upon the exercise of our independent factual review power pursuant to CPL 470.15(5), we are satisfied that the verdict of guilt was not against the weight of evidence (see People v. Romero, 7 NY3d 633; People v. Hawkins, 258 A.D.2d 472). Retaining a gun beyond opportunities to safely relinquish it is “ ‘utterly at odds' “ with any claim of innocent possession (People v. Snyder, 73 N.Y.2d 900, 902, quoting People v. Williams, 50 N.Y.2d 1043, 1045; see People v. Hawkins, 258 A.D.2d at 472). Although the defendant claimed that he picked up somebody else's gun after he had just been shot in the arm, he ran away from the police when ordered to stop and to show his hands. He also resisted apprehension, and never informed the officers about the gun he had in his possession despite ample opportunity to do so. Thus, there was no reasonable view of the evidence upon which the jury could have found that the defendant's possession of the weapon was innocent (see People v. Snyder, 73 N.Y.2d 900; People v. Hawkins, 258 A.D.2d 472).

The defendant's contention that he received ineffective assistance of counsel is without merit (see People v. Baldi, 54 N.Y.2d 137).

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