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The People of the State of New York v. Eric Chatham

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


October 20, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
ERIC CHATHAM,
APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the County Court of Schenectady County (Hoye, J.), entered March 30, 2010, which denied defendant's motion for resentencing pursuant to CPL 440.46.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stein, J.,

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: April 29, 2011

Before: Peters, J.P., Spain, Rose, Stein and Egan Jr., JJ.

Defendant was convicted after a jury trial of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (two counts), criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (three counts) and attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. County Court sentenced defendant to an aggregate prison term of 4 to 12 years. The judgment of conviction was affirmed on appeal (55 AD3d 1045, 1046 [2008], lv denied 14 NY3d 839 [2010]). Defendant was released on parole in 2008 but, thereafter, violated the terms of his parole and was reincarcerated. Defendant then moved for resentencing pursuant to CPL 440.46. County Court denied the motion without a hearing on the basis that he was not eligible for resentencing under that statute. Defendant now appeals.

Under CPL 440.46, which codifies a portion of the Drug Law Reform Act of 2009 (L 2009, ch 56), persons "imprisoned for class B drug felonies committed while the Rockefeller Drug Laws were in force [can] apply to be resentenced under the current, less severe, sentencing regime" (People v Paulin, 17 NY3d 238, 243 [2011]; see CPL 440.46 [1]). As the statute does not prohibit prisoners who have been paroled, and then reincarcerated for violating their parole, from seeking such relief (see CPL 440.46; People v Paulin, 17 NY3d at 244), we must remit this matter for County Court to consider defendant's application and grant resentencing, "unless substantial justice dictates that" it be denied (L 2004, ch 738, § 23; see CPL 440.46 [3]; People v Paulin, 17 NY3d at 244; People v Samuels, 80 AD3d 1077, 1078 [2011]).

Peters, J.P., Spain, Rose and Egan Jr., JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the order is reversed, on the law, and matter remitted to the County Court of Schenectady County for further proceedings not inconsistent with this Court's decision.

Robert D. MaybergerClerk of the Court

ENTER:

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