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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Joshua D. Mahley

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


December 23, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
JOSHUA D. MAHLEY, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Orleans County Court (James P. Punch, J.), rendered December 20, 2010.

People v Mahley

Decided on December 23, 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.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, FAHEY, CARNI, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of rape in the second degree and sexual abuse in the second degree.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice and on the law by amending the order of protection issued in favor of the victim of sexual abuse in the second degree to expire on November 22, 2016 and as modified the judgment is affirmed.

Memorandum:

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of rape in the second degree (Penal Law § 130.30 [1]) and sexual abuse in the second degree (§ 130.60 [2]). Defendant failed to preserve for our review his contention that County Court relied on inaccurate information in sentencing him with respect to the rape conviction (see People v Lord, 59 AD3d 1010, lv denied 12 NY3d 855), and we decline to exercise our power to review that contention as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). The sentence imposed upon the rape conviction is not unduly harsh or severe.

Defendant further contends that the court erred in fixing the duration of the orders of protection. Although defendant also failed to preserve that contention for our review (see People v Nieves, 2 NY3d 310, 317-318), we nevertheless exercise our power to review it as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). The order of protection issued in favor of the victim of rape does not exceed the maximum legal duration, but the order of protection issued in favor of the victim of sexual abuse in the second degree exceeds the maximum legal duration. The version of CPL 530.13 (4) (B) in effect at the time the judgment was rendered provided that the duration of an order of protection entered with respect to a class A misdemeanor conviction shall not exceed "five years from the date of the expiration of the maximum term of a definite or intermittent term actually imposed." Further, "the duration may not be applied to the aggregate sentence but, rather, must be added to the maximum term of the sentence imposed for the count upon which the order of protection was based" (People v Jackson, 85 AD3d 1697, 1699, lv denied 17 NY3d 817 [internal quotation marks omitted]). Thus, the order of protection at issue may not exceed five years from the expiration of the one-year definite sentence imposed upon the conviction of sexual abuse in the second degree (see CPL 530.13 [former (4) (B)]). Taking into account the applicable jail time credit, we therefore modify the judgment by amending the order of protection issued in favor of the victim of sexual abuse in the second degree to expire on November 22, 2016.

Entered: December 23, 2011

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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