NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT
March 19, 2010
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
NATHAN TRUEHEART, APPELLANT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (John F. O'Donnell, J.), rendered August 8, 2006. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of rape in the first degree.
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, April 28, 2010
It is hereby ordered that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of rape in the first degree (Penal Law § 130.35 ), defendant contends that his waiver of the right to appeal was invalid. We reject that contention. The record "establish[es] that the defendant understood that the right to appeal is separate and distinct from those rights automatically forfeited upon a plea of guilty" (People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256 ). The waiver by defendant of the right to appeal encompasses his challenge to Supreme Court's suppression rulings (see People v Kemp, 94 NY2d 831, 833 ; People v Gordon, 42 AD3d 964 , lv denied 9 NY3d 876 ), as well as his challenge to the severity of the sentence (see People v Lopez, 6 NY3d at 256; People v Brown, 41 AD3d 1234 , lv denied 9 NY3d 921 ).
Present---Smith, J.P., Fahey, Carni, Lindley and Sconiers, JJ.
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