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The People of the State of New York v. Terry Jenkins

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


December 30, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
TERRY JENKINS,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (John L. Michalski, A.J.), rendered May 27, 2009. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a non-jury verdict, of predatory sexual assault against a child, sexual abuse in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

People v Jenkins

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on December 30, 2010

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, LINDLEY, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

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

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a non-jury verdict of, inter alia, predatory sexual assault against a child (Penal Law § 130.96). Defendant contends that the People unconstitutionally burdened his right to go to trial by charging him with both predatory sexual assault against a child and rape in the first degree (§ 130.35 [4]) and then seeking dismissal of the rape count based on his rejection of the plea offer with respect to that count, which has a less severe sentencing range than the predatory sexual assault count. That contention is not preserved for our review (see CPL 470.05 [2]). In any event, it is without merit, and we thus conclude that defense counsel's failure to object to the dismissal of the rape count on that ground did not constitute ineffective assistance of counsel (see generally People v Caban, 5 NY3d 143, 152).

Finally, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Entered: December 30, 2010

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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