The People, etc., respondent, v. Ponciano Castillo–Rodriguez, appellant.

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

The People, etc., respondent, v. Ponciano Castillo–Rodriguez, appellant.

2019–01260 (Ind.No. 1391/17)

Decided: April 14, 2021

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. SYLVIA O. HINDS–RADIX FRANCESCA E. CONNOLLY ANGELA G. IANNACCI, JJ. Paul Skip Laisure, New York, N.Y. (Sam Feldman of counsel), for appellant. Melinda Katz, District Attorney, Kew Gardens, N.Y. (Johnnette Traill and Jill Gross–Marks of counsel), for respondent. Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Barry Kron, J.), rendered January 10, 2018, convicting him of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, upon his plea of guilty, and imposing sentence.  Assigned counsel has submitted a brief in accordance with Anders v California (386 U.S. 738), in which he moves for leave to withdraw as counsel for the appellant.

Submitted—March 24, 2021


ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

We are satisfied with the sufficiency of the brief filed by the defendant's assigned counsel pursuant to Anders v. California (386 U.S. 738), and, upon an independent review of the record, we conclude that there are no nonfrivolous issues which could be raised on appeal.  Counsel's application for leave to withdraw as counsel is, therefore, granted (see id.;  Matter of Giovanni S. [Jasmin A.], 89 AD3d 252;  People v. Paige, 54 A.D.2d 631;  cf.  People v. Gonzalez, 47 N.Y.2d 606).



Aprilanne Agostino

Clerk of the Court

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