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People v. Doris

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


July 2, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
JACOB DORIS, APPELLANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cardona, P.J.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: May 26, 2009

Before: Cardona, P.J., Rose, Kane, McCarthy and Garry, JJ.

Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Ulster County (McDonough, J.), rendered April 7, 2008, convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of the crimes of burglary in the second degree and burglary in the third degree.

Defendant waived indictment and consented to prosecution by two superior court informations which charged him with burglary in the second degree and burglary in the third degree. He pleaded guilty to those charges, signed a waiver of his right to appeal and was sentenced, pursuant to the negotiated plea agreement, as a second felony offender to concurrent prison terms of seven years for burglary in the second degree and 3 to 6 years for burglary in the third degree followed by five years of postrelease supervision. At sentencing, the issue of restitution was raised for the first time and, following a discussion, County Court ordered that defendant pay restitution in the amount of $465. Defendant now appeals, asserting that since the plea agreement did not mention restitution, he should have been afforded the opportunity to withdraw his plea or accept the enhanced sentence.*fn1

We note, initially, that consideration of the post-plea restitution order is not precluded by defendant's waiver of appeal and, therefore, the issue is properly before us (see People v Nichols, 276 AD2d 832, 832 [2000]). Nevertheless, inasmuch as a review of the record reveals that defendant willingly accepted the enhanced sentence, we affirm. Indeed, defense counsel initiated the discussion about restitution, stated that defendant understood restitution would become part of his sentence and expressly informed County Court that defendant was not requesting a hearing on the issue. Defendant, furthermore, personally articulated such understanding and, in his own prepared statement prior to sentencing, reiterated his commitment to pleading guilty. Consequently, defendant has no basis on which to now complain (see People v Esquivel, 261 AD2d 649, 649 [1999]).

Rose, Kane, McCarthy and Garry, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.


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