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The People of the State of New York v. Dayshawn P. Handy

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


April 1, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
DAYSHAWN P. HANDY, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Monroe County Court (Richard A. Keenan, J.), rendered October 18, 2007. The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of assault in the second degree.

People v Handy

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 April 1, 2011

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

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

Memorandum:

On appeal from a judgment convicting him following a jury trial of assault in the second degree (Penal Law § 120.05 [7]), defendant contends that County Court erred in denying his request for an adverse inference charge concerning the failure of the People to preserve an alleged videotape of the assault. Contrary to defendant's contention, an adverse inference charge was not warranted inasmuch as defendant failed to establish that the alleged videotape was discoverable evidence that the People were required to preserve (see People v James, 93 NY2d 620, 644; People v Kelly, 62 NY2d 516, 520). There is no support in the record for defendant's assertion that the alleged videotape was exculpatory and thus his contention that the alleged videotape was Brady material is merely speculative (see People v Ross, 282 AD2d 929, 931, lv denied 96 NY2d 907; People v Scattareggia, 152 AD2d 679, 679-680).

Contrary to defendant's further contention, the evidence, viewed in the light most favorable to the People (see People v Contes, 60 NY2d 620, 621), is legally sufficient to establish that defendant intended to cause injury to another person (see Penal Law § 120.05 [7]; People v Cooper, 50 AD3d 1570, lv denied 10 NY3d 957; People v Amin, 294 AD2d 863, lv denied 98 NY2d 672, 674; see generally People v Bleakley, 69 NY2d 490, 495). Further, viewing the evidence in light of the elements of the crime of assault in the second degree as charged to the jury (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 349), we conclude that the verdict is not against the weight of the evidence (see generally Bleakley, 69 NY2d at 495). Finally, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Entered: April 1, 2011

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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