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Collins v. Woodruff

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


December 3, 2009

IN THE MATTER OF ARVIN COLLINS, RESPONDENT,
v.
FRANCES M. WOODRUFF, AS INMATE RECORD COORDINATOR OF SHAWANGUNK CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, ET AL., APPELLANTS.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Cahill, J.), entered October 14, 2008 in Ulster County, which, upon reconsideration, granted petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, to annul a determination of the Department of Correctional Services calculating petitioner's prison sentence.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: October 20, 2009

Before: Mercure, J. P., Kavanagh, Stein, McCarthy and Garry, JJ.

In April 2001, petitioner was sentenced as a second violent felony offender to two prison terms of 25 years to life upon his conviction of two counts of murder in the second degree, together with a 25-year prison term upon his conviction of attempted murder in the second degree. Although the sentence and commitment order directed that the sentences imposed run concurrently with one another, no mention was made as to the manner in which the 25-year sentence imposed for the attempted murder conviction was to run relative to petitioner's prior undischarged prison term.*fn1 The Department of Correctional Services treated petitioner's determinate sentence as running consecutively to his prior undischarged term, prompting petitioner to commence a CPLR article 78 proceeding to challenge that computation. Supreme Court (Bradley, J.) dismissed petitioner's application, finding that petitioner's sentence for attempted murder was subject to the consecutive sentencing provisions of Penal Law § 70.25 (2-a), and we affirmed (Matter of Collins v Woodruff, 32 AD3d 1139 [2006]). Following this Court's decision in People ex rel. Gill v Greene (48 AD3d 1003 [2008], revd 12 NY3d 1 [2009], cert denied sub nom. Gill v Rock, ___ US ___, 130 S Ct 86 [2009]), petitioner moved for reconsideration. Supreme Court (Cahill, J.) granted petitioner's motion and, upon reconsideration, annulled the underlying sentencing calculation. This appeal by respondents followed.

Where a sentencing court is required by statute to impose a consecutive sentence, it is deemed to have imposed the consecutive sentence the law requires -- even in the absence of an express judicial pronouncement to that effect (see People ex rel. Gill v Greene, 12 NY3d 1, 4 [2009], cert denied sub nom. Gill v Rock, ___ US ___, 130 S Ct 86 [2009]; People ex rel. Young v Artus, 63 AD3d 1488, 1489 [2009]; People ex rel. Lopez v Yelich, 63 AD3d 1433, 1434 [2009]; People ex rel. Hunter v Yelich, 63 AD3d 1424, 1425 [2009]). Petitioner was sentenced in 2001 as a second violent felony offender and, with regard to his conviction for attempted murder, was subject to the consecutive sentencing provisions of Penal Law § 70.25 (2-a). Accordingly, we discern no error in the computation of his sentence (see People ex rel. Taylor v Brown, 62 AD3d 1063, 1064 [2009]). Supreme Court's judgment is, therefore, reversed, and the petition is dismissed.*fn2

Mercure, J. P., Kavanagh, Stein, McCarthy and Garry, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is reversed, on the law, without costs, and petition dismissed.


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