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People v. Woods

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


February 3, 2009

THE PEOPLE, ETC., RESPONDENT,
v.
ROGER WOODS, APPELLANT.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Feldman, J.), rendered October 18, 2005, convicting him of murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and assault in the second degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.

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.

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P., MARK C. DILLON, FRED T. SANTUCCI and JOSEPH COVELLO, JJ.

(Ind. No. 5906/04)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's arguments regarding the comments made by the prosecutor during summation are unpreserved for appellate review in light of defense counsel's failure to object to any of the comments (see CPL 470.05[2]). In any event, the comments were within the bounds of permissible rhetoric and were fair comments on the evidence (see People v Galloway, 54 NY2d 396; People v McHarris, 297 AD2d 824, 825). In addition, the jury is presumed to have followed the court's instructions on the elements of the crimes charged and the standards by which to assess the evidence (see People v Guerrier, 291 AD2d 506, 507).

The defendant's contention that he was penalized for going to trial rather than accepting a plea offer is without merit (see People v Delgado, 80 NY2d 780; People v Ramsey, 48 AD3d 709; People v Evans, 16 AD3d 595; People v Hinton, 285 AD2d 476).

The sentence imposed was not excessive (see People v Delgado, 80 NY2d 780; People v Suitte, 90 AD2d 80).

SKELOS, J.P., DILLON, SANTUCCI and COVELLO, JJ., concur.

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