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People v. Gonzalez

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


April 24, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
SANTO GONZALEZ, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal, by permission of a Justice of the Appellate Divison of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department, from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Joseph S. Forma, J.), entered February 23, 1998. The order denied the motion of defendant pursuant to CPL 440.20 to vacate the sentence imposed upon his conviction of, inter alia, attempted murder in the first 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, PINE, AND GORSKI, JJ.

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

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from an order that denied his motion pursuant to CPL 440.20 seeking to vacate the sentence imposed upon his conviction of, inter alia, attempted murder in the first degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 125.27 [1] [a] [i]; [b]). We previously affirmed the judgment of conviction upon defendant's appeal therefrom (People v Gonzalez, 145 AD2d 900, lv denied 73 NY2d 1015). We reject defendant's contention that the sentence was "unauthorized, illegally imposed or otherwise invalid as a matter of law" (CPL 440.20 [1]). Contrary to the contention of defendant, the imposition of consecutive sentences for his conviction of attempted murder and burglary in the second degree (Penal Law § 140.25 [1] [a]) was proper (seePeople v Brathwaite, 63 NY2d 839, 842-843; cf. Penal Law § 70.25 [2]). We further conclude that defendant was properly adjudicated a second felony offender. Even assuming, arguendo, that the People failed to comply with CPL 400.21, we conclude that strict compliance with the statute was not required inasmuch as defendant received reasonable notice of the accusations against him and was provided an opportunity to be heard with respect to those accusations during the persistent felony offender proceeding (see People v Bouyea, 64 NY2d 1140, 1142; People v Sampson, 30 AD3d 623, 623-624, lv denied 7 NY3d 817).

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