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People v. Raduns

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT


February 11, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
NICOLE J. RADUNS, APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Orleans County Court (James P. Punch, J.), rendered November 10, 2008. The judgment convicted defendant, upon her plea of guilty, of burglary in the third degree.

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

As corrected through Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It is hereby ordered that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice and on the law by vacating the order of protection in favor of C.S. and as modified the judgment is affirmed.

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting her upon her plea of guilty of burglary in the third degree (Penal Law § 140.20). Contrary to the contention of defendant, her valid waiver of the right to appeal encompasses her challenge to the severity of the sentence inasmuch as County Court advised defendant of the maximum sentence it could impose before she waived her right to appeal (see People v Lococo, 92 NY2d 825 [1998]). As defendant correctly contends, however, the court had no authority to issue an order of protection in favor of an individual who was neither a victim of the crime nor a witness to the crime to which defendant pleaded guilty (see CPL 530.13 [4] [a]). Although defendant failed to preserve that contention for our review by failing to object to the order of protection on that ground when it was issued (see People v Shampine, 31 AD3d 1163, 1164 [2006]), we nevertheless exercise our power to review it as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). The order of protection issued in favor of that individual thus is invalid (see People v Creighton, 298 AD2d 774, 776 [2002]). We therefore modify the judgment by vacating that order of protection.

Present: Centra, J.P., Peradotto, Lindley, Pine and Gorski, JJ.

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