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People v. Winslow

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


December 31, 2008

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
AUBREY WINSLOW, JR., DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Onondaga County Court (William D. Walsh, J.), rendered January 26, 2004. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of conspiracy in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

PRESENT: HURLBUTT, J.P., MARTOCHE, SMITH, PERADOTTO, AND GREEN, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, following a jury trial, of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree (Penal Law § 220.18 [former (1)]) and conspiracy in the second degree (§ 105.15). Insofar as defendant contends that the verdict is repugnant, he failed to preserve that contention for our review inasmuch as he failed to object to the verdict before the jury was discharged (see People v Alfaro, 66 NY2d 985, 987; People v Townsley, 50 AD3d 1610, 1611, lv denied 11 NY3d 742; People v Hamilton, 263 AD2d 966, appeal dismissed 94 NY2d 915). We decline to exercise our power to review that contention as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). Defendant further contends that the conviction is not supported by legally sufficient evidence because the testimony of the accomplice was not sufficiently corroborated. Defendant failed to move for a trial order of dismissal on that ground and thus failed to preserve that contention for our review (see People v Gray, 86 NY2d 10, 19; People v Waldriff, 46 AD3d 1448, lv denied 9 NY3d 1040; People v Sanchez, 31 AD3d 1218, lv denied 7 NY3d 869, 870). In any event, that contention is without merit. The evidence that corroborated the testimony of the accomplice included the testimony of police officers who kept surveillance on the vehicle in which defendant was a passenger and in which the drugs were found; the receipt for the motel room where defendant and his co-defendants, including the accomplice in question, spent the night after purchasing the drugs; and the tape-recorded telephone conversations between the drug supplier and a co-defendant who was seated next to defendant.

Contrary to the further contention of defendant, County Court did not abuse its discretion in denying his request for a missing witness instruction. The People met their burden of establishing that the witness in question was not under their control by demonstrating that he would not be expected to testify in their favor (see People v Brent-Pridgen, 48 AD3d 1054, 1055, lv denied 10 NY3d 860; People v Jean-Baptiste, 37 AD3d 852; see generally People v Savinon, 100 NY2d 192, 197; People v Gonzalez, 68 NY2d 424, 428-429).

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