SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
March 20, 2009
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
RASHAD SCISSION, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Shirley Troutman, J.), rendered December 12, 2007. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
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PRESENT: HURLBUTT, J.P., MARTOCHE, CENTRA, PERADOTTO, AND GORSKI, JJ.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of, inter alia, attempted murder in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 125.25 ). Defendant made only a general motion for a trial order of dismissal and thus failed to preserve for our review his contention that the evidence is legally insufficient to support the conviction (see People v Gray, 86 NY2d 10, 19). Viewing the evidence in light of the elements of the crimes as charged to the jury (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 349), we conclude that the verdict is not against the weight of the evidence (see generally People v Bleakley, 69 NY2d 490, 495). The further contention of defendant that he was denied a fair trial by prosecutorial misconduct is based primarily on alleged instances of prosecutorial misconduct that are unpreserved for our review (see CPL 470.05 ) and, in any event, we conclude that "[a]ny improprieties were not so pervasive or egregious as to deprive defendant of a fair trial" (People v Cox, 21 AD3d 1361, 1364, lv denied 6 NY3d 753 [internal quotation marks omitted]).
Defendant contends that County Court erred in denying his motion for a mistrial based on a police officer's reference to an eight-year-old boy as a "witness." The officer had spoken with that boy following the incident. We reject that contention. The record establishes that the court issued a curative instruction, and we thus conclude that the court thereby "alleviated any prejudice to defendant resulting from that testimony" (People v Colon, 13 AD3d 1198, 1198, lv denied 4 NY3d 829, 5 NY3d 760; see People v DeCarlis, 37 AD3d 1040, lv denied 8 NY3d 945). The sentence is not unduly harsh or severe. We have reviewed defendant's remaining contentions and conclude that they are without merit.
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