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People v. Roberts

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


July 21, 2009

THE PEOPLE, ETC., RESPONDENT,
v.
JOEL ROBERTS, APPELLANT.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Chambers, J.), rendered August 12, 2003, convicting him of murder in the second degree (two counts), assault in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (three counts), 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.

WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., FRED T. SANTUCCI, RANDALL T. ENG & PLUMMER E. LOTT, JJ.

(Ind. No. 9457/01)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's challenge to the legal sufficiency of the evidence is unpreserved for appellate review (see CPL 470.05[2]; People v Hawkins, 11 NY3d 484). In any event, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution (see People v Contes, 60 NY2d 620), we find that it was legally sufficient to establish the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Moreover, upon our independent review pursuant to CPL 470.15(5), we are satisfied that the verdict of guilt was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Romero, 7 NY3d 633).

Contrary to the defendant's contention, the trial court properly permitted the People to elicit testimony regarding an attack on the defendant's accomplice in prison in order to establish the accomplice's state of mind with respect to his decision to cooperate with the District Attorney's office (see People v Nurse, 5 AD3d 401; People v Boatwright, 297 AD2d 603; People v Ealey, 272 AD2d 269).

The defendant's remaining contention is unpreserved for appellate review and, in any event, any error does not require reversal.

MASTRO, J.P., SANTUCCI, ENG and LOTT, JJ., concur.

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