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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Nathaniel L. Williams

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.
NATHANIEL L. WILLIAMS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Cayuga County Court (Thomas G. Leone, J.), rendered January 20, 2011.

People v Williams

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: FAHEY, J.P., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, GREEN, AND GORSKI, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted burglary in the second degree.

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

Memorandum

Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of attempted burglary in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 140.25 [2]). We reject defendant's contention that County Court abused its discretion in denying his motion to withdraw the plea. Defendant was not entitled to withdraw his plea based upon his misapprehension of the quality of the People's case (see People v Jones, 44 NY2d 76, 81, cert denied 439 US 846; People v Gumpton, 81 AD3d 1441, lv denied 17 NY3d 795). In addition, defendant's assertion of innocence and his contention that he was coerced into pleading guilty are belied by his statements at the plea proceeding (see People v Garner, 86 AD3d 955). "Even assuming, arguendo, that the motion to withdraw the plea preserved for our review defendant's challenge to the factual sufficiency of the plea allocution, we conclude that [such challenge] is without merit" (People v Conde, 34 AD3d 1347, 1347-1348). Finally, we reject defendant's further contention that the court erred in failing to conduct an evidentiary hearing with respect to his motion to withdraw the plea, inasmuch as "[t]he court afforded defendant the requisite reasonable opportunity to present his contentions' in support of that motion" (People v Strasser, 83 AD3d 1411, 1411).

Entered: December 23, 2011

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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