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Carpenter v. Corcoran

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


July 2, 2010

IN THE MATTER OF FREDERIC C. CARPENTER, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
MICHAEL CORCORAN, SUPERINTENDENT, CAYUGA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, AND ANDREA EVANS, ACTING CHIEF COMMISSIONER, NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF PAROLE, RESPONDENTS-RESPONDENTS.

Appeal from a judgment (denominated order) of the Supreme Court, Cayuga County (Mark H. Fandrich, A.J.), entered September 29, 2009 in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78. The judgment dismissed the petition.

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.

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, LINDLEY, SCONIERS, AND GREEN, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum

Petitioner commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding seeking to annul the determination of the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) calculating the sentences he received for three convictions. Two of the sentences were indeterminate terms of imprisonment, and the third was a determinate term of imprisonment that included a period of postrelease supervision (PRS). In accordance with the directive of the sentencing court, DOCS calculated the three terms of imprisonment to run concurrently. Contrary to the contention of petitioner, however, DOCS properly determined that the period of PRS would commence upon his release from imprisonment and would not run concurrently with the other two sentences of imprisonment. Indeed, Penal Law § 70.45 (5) (a) expressly provides that a period of PRS shall not commence to run until an individual has been released from imprisonment. Petitioner further challenges the sentencing proceeding, contending that he is entitled to be resentenced because Supreme Court did not adequately explain the PRS portion of his determinate sentence to him when he entered the underlying pleas of guilty. That challenge is not properly before us, inasmuch as "a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 generally does not lie to review errors claimed to have occurred in a criminal proceeding or to challenge a judgment of conviction rendered by a criminal court . . . Rather, such a challenge must be made by way of a direct appeal of the judgment of conviction" (Matter of Garcha v City Ct. [City of Beacon], 39 AD3d 645, 646; see Matter of Hennessy v Gorman, 58 NY2d 806).

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