State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department
March 10, 2011
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
MINKS JEAN-FRANCOIS, APPELLANT.
Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Schenectady County (Drago, J.), rendered April 19, 2010, convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of the crime of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Spain, J.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Calendar Date: February 9, 2011
Before: Peters, J.P., Spain, Rose, Stein and Egan Jr., JJ.
Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in full satisfaction of a four-count indictment and waived his right to appeal. County Court thereafter sentenced him as a second felony offender to a prison term of 31/2 years, to be followed by five years of postrelease supervision. Defendant now appeals.
We affirm. Initially, we reject defendant's contention that his waiver of the right to appeal was not knowing, voluntary and intelligent. The record reveals that County Court fully informed defendant regarding the waiver, including that the right to appeal is separate and distinct from the rights forfeited by a guilty plea (see People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256-257 ; People v Tabbott, 61 AD3d 1183, 1184 , lv denied 13 NY3d 750 ). Defendant also executed a written waiver in open court, assisted by counsel, which described the ramifications of the waiver and acknowledged that defendant was knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waiving his right to appeal after discussing its consequences with counsel. Under these circumstances, we find that defendant validly waived his right to appeal (see People v Thomas, 71 AD3d 1231, 1231 , lv denied 14 NY3d 893 ; People v Gilmour, 61 AD3d 1122, 1123 , lv denied 12 NY3d 925 ).
Defendant's contention that his plea was not knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently entered, which survives his waiver of the right to appeal, is not preserved for our review in light of defendant's failure to move to withdraw his plea or vacate the judgment of conviction (see People v Abrams, 75 AD3d 927, 928, , lv denied 15 NY3d 918 ). Furthermore, the narrow exception to the preservation rule is inapplicable here as the record reflects that defendant did not make statements during allocution that cast doubt on his guilt or negated a material element of the crime (see People v Singh, 73 AD3d 1384, 1385 , lv denied 15 NY3d 809 ; People v Bethel, 69 AD3d 1126, 1127 ).
Finally, defendant's claim that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel does not implicate the voluntariness of his plea. Accordingly, it is foreclosed by his waiver of the right to appeal (see People v Leigh, 71 AD3d 1288, 1288 , lv denied 15 NY3d 775 ).
Peters, J.P., Rose, Stein and Egan Jr., JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.
Robert D. Mayberger Clerk of the Court
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