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People v. Green

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT


December 30, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, APPELLANT,
v.
STEVEN GREEN, APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Monroe County (Dennis M. Kehoe, A.J.), rendered October 27, 2006. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of robbery in the first degree.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

As corrected through Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It is hereby ordered that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum

On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of robbery in the first degree (Penal Law § 160.15 [4]), defendant contends that Supreme Court's charge to the jury on the issue of recent exclusive possession of stolen property, which was taken verbatim from the Criminal Jury Instructions (see CJI2d[NY] Possession: Recent, Exclusive), was improper. We reject that contention. The victim testified that defendant stole the victim's vehicle and cellular telephone at gunpoint, while defendant testified that the victim had loaned his property to defendant. Defendant was apprehended shortly after exiting the victim's vehicle and was found in possession of the victim's cellular telephone. Under those facts, the charge on recent exclusive possession of stolen property was appropriate (see People v Howard, 60 NY2d 999, 1001 [1983]). Moreover, the charge properly allowed " 'the jury, hearing the whole charge, [to] gather from its language the correct rules which should be applied in arriving at [its] decision' " (People v Ladd, 89 NY2d 893, 895 [1996], quoting People v Russell, 266 NY 147, 153 [1934]; see generally People v Fernandez, 286 AD2d 444 [2001], lv denied 97 NY2d 681 [2001]).

Present---Hurlbutt, J.P., Fahey, Peradotto, Green and Gorski, JJ.

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