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The People of the State of New York v. Donyell J. Mckenzie

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


February 10, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
DONYELL J. MCKENZIE,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Monroe County Court (Frank P. Geraci, Jr., J.), rendered August 22, 2007. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of murder in the second degree.

People v. Mckenzie

Decided on February 10, 2011 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 February 10, 2011

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, GREEN, PINE, AND GORSKI, JJ.

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

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon a jury verdict of murder in the second degree (Penal Law § 125.25 [1]). Contrary to defendant's contention, County Court properly refused to charge the affirmative defense of extreme emotional disturbance. Such a charge is not appropriate where, as here, the defendant's conduct before, during and after the offense is "inconsistent with the loss of self-control associated with the defense" (People v Roche, 98 NY2d 70, 77; see People v Smith, 1 NY3d 610, 612). Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to defendant, we conclude that there was not the requisite "sufficient credible evidence . . . presented for the jury to find, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the elements of the affirmative defense [had] been established" (People v White, 79 NY2d 900, 902-903), particularly in view of the conflicting reasons given by defendant for his actions.

Contrary to defendant's further contention, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe. Entered: February 10, 2011 Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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