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The People of the State of New York v. Michael Lewis

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


March 8, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
MICHAEL LEWIS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Lewis

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 March 8, 2012 Saxe, J.P., Sweeny, Renwick, DeGrasse, Richter, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Roger S. Hayes, J.), entered on or about November 14, 2008, which adjudicated defendant a level three sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law art 6-C), unanimously affirmed.

The court properly assessed 10 points for defendant's inadequate acceptance of responsibility for the underlying sex offense. In any event, regardless of whether defendant's correct score was 120 or 110 points, the court properly exercised its discretion in declining to grant defendant a downward departure from his presumptive risk level (see People v Mingo, 12 NY3d 563, 568 n 2 [2009]; People v Johnson, 11 NY3d 416, 421 [2008]). Factors indicating a high risk of reoffense included the seriousness of the underlying crime, defendant's criminal history, and his prison disciplinary infractions involving lewd conduct directed at female personnel. There were no mitigating factors not taken into account by the risk assessment instrument that would warrant a downward departure.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: MARCH 8, 2012

CLERK

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