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People v. Martinez

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


June 1, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
RAMON MARTINEZ, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Daniel P. FitzGerald, J.), rendered April 7, 2005, convicting defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, and sentencing him to a term of 6 years to life, and order, same court and Justice, entered on or about January 7, 2008, which denied defendant's motion to be resentenced under the Drug Law Reform Act of 2005 (L 2005, ch 643, § 1), unanimously affirmed.

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

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Mazzarelli, J.P., McGuire, DeGrasse, Freedman, Richter, JJ.

3878/04

Since defendant is serving an aggregate term that includes a sentence for a violent felony, he is ineligible for resentencing. We decline defendant's invitation to revisit our holdings in People v Quinones (49 AD3 323 [2008], lv dismissed 10 NY3d 868 [2008]) and People v Merejildo (45 AD3d 429 [2007]), which involved the same issues raised on this appeal. Treating defendant's consecutive sentences for a drug felony and a violent felony as merged into a single aggregate sentence as required by Penal Law § 70.30(1)(b), and determining his DRLA eligibility on that basis, do not constitute an addition to, or alteration of, a sentence, and do not deprive defendant of due process or violate CPL 430.10.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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