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People v. Johnson

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


March 27, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
JAREES JOHNSON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Sheila A. DiTullio, J.), rendered August 22, 2007. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal possession of a weapon in the third 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, CENTRA, PERADOTTO, AND GORSKI, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by vacating the sentence and as modified the judgment is affirmed, and the matter is remitted to Erie County Court for resentencing.

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (Penal Law § 265.02 [3]) and sentencing him to an indeterminate term of incarceration of two to four years. As defendant contends, and the People correctly concede, the sentence is illegal. Defendant was convicted of a class D nonviolent felony offense and thus the minimum term should have been no more than one third of the maximum term imposed, i.e., 1 years (see § 70.00 [3] [b]). We therefore modify the judgment by vacating the sentence, and we remit the matter to County Court for resentencing (see People v Adams, 45 AD3d 1346; People v Fingland, 273 AD2d 925). Because the illegal sentence requires that the case be remitted, we need not address defendant's further contention concerning the sentence.

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