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Blake v. Fischer

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


March 4, 2010

IN THE MATTER OF ARTHUR BLAKE, APPELLANT,
v.
BRIAN FISCHER, AS COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: January 25, 2010

Before: Mercure, J.P., Rose, Lahtinen, Stein and McCarthy, JJ.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Teresi, J.), entered March 17, 2009 in Albany County, which, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, granted respondents' motion to dismiss the petition.

In 2006, petitioner was sentenced as a second felony offender to an aggregate prison term of 6 to 12 years upon his conviction of robbery in the third degree (four counts) and burglary in the third degree. Neither the sentence and commitment orders nor the sentencing minutes specified the manner in which this sentence was to run relative to petitioner's prior undischarged prison term. The Department of Correctional Services calculated petitioner's 2006 sentence as running consecutively to his prior undischarged term, prompting petitioner to commence this CPLR article 78 proceeding to challenge that computation. Supreme Court granted respondents' motion to dismiss and this appeal by petitioner ensued.

There is no dispute that petitioner was sentenced in 2006 as a second felony offender and, therefore, was subject to the consecutive sentencing provisions of Penal Law § 70.25 (2-a). Where, as here, a statute compels the sentencing court to impose a consecutive sentence, the court 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]; Matter of Lowman v Fischer, 67 AD3d 1271, 1272 [2009]; Matter of High v Rabsatt, 67 AD3d 1262, 1263 [2009]). Accordingly, we discern no error in the computation of petitioner's sentence (see Matter of Garner v Rivera, 68 AD3d 1230, 1231 [2009]).*fn1

Mercure, J.P., Rose, Lahtinen, Stein and McCarthy, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.


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