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People v. Morris

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


November 12, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
ANTHONY MORRIS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Michael F. Pietruszka, J.), rendered October 30, 2008. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted burglary in the second degree.

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: MARTOCHE, J.P., CENTRA, CARNI, LINDLEY, AND PINE, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum

On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of attempted burglary in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 140.25 [2]), defendant contends that County Court abused its discretion in denying his motion to withdraw his plea. We reject that contention (see generally People v Howell, 60 AD3d 1347). The plea colloquy was not rendered factually insufficient by defendant's monosyllabic responses to questioning by the court (see People v VanDeViver, 56 AD3d 1118, lv denied 11 NY3d 931, 12 NY3d 788; People v Wilson, 38 AD3d 1348, lv denied 9 NY3d 927), and we conclude that the record otherwise establishes that the plea was knowing, voluntary and intelligent (see People v Guzman, 70 AD3d 1332; People v Spikes, 28 AD3d 1101, 1102, lv denied 7 NY3d 818). Indeed, the contention of defendant that his plea was coerced by defense counsel is belied by the record (see People v Montgomery, 63 AD3d 1635, 1636, lv denied 13 NY3d 798; People v Gimenez, 59 AD3d 1088, 1089, lv denied 12 NY3d 816). In addition, defendant failed to submit any new evidence to substantiate his conclusory assertions of innocence in support of his motion to withdraw the plea (see Guzman, 70 AD3d 1332; People v Kimmons, 39 AD3d 1180). Thus, contrary to the contention of defendant, he made no showing of entitlement to an evidentiary hearing on his motion, and we note in any event that "[o]nly in the rare instance will a defendant be entitled to an evidentiary hearing" (People v Tinsley, 35 NY2d 926, 927; see Kimmons, 39 AD3d at 1180).

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