New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
February 21, 2012
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, IND.1095/09 RESPONDENT,
MICHAEL ATKINS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
People v Atkins
Decided on February 21, 2012
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.
Andrias, J.P., Saxe, Acosta, Freedman, Richter, JJ.
Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Carol Berkman, J.), rendered September 16, 2009, convicting defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony drug offender whose prior felony conviction was a violent felony, to a term of 3½ years, unanimously affirmed.
The record establishes the voluntariness of defendant's plea, and the court properly denied defendant's plea withdrawal motion (see People v Frederick, 45 NY2d 520 ). During the plea allocution, whenever defendant made a statement creating an ambiguity about the voluntariness of the plea, the court made a further inquiry that established that defendant was pleading guilty of his own free will. The court made clear to defendant that it was his choice whether to plead guilty or go to trial.We have considered and rejected defendant's remaining claims.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: FEBRUARY 21, 2012
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