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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Charles J. Allen

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


March 23, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
CHARLES J. ALLEN, ALSO KNOWN AS CJ, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT. (APPEAL NO. 1.)

Appeal from a judgment of the Cayuga County Court (Mark H. Fandrich, A.J.), rendered December 10, 2009.

People v Allen

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.

Decided on March 23, 2012

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of arson in the third degree.

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

Memorandum: In appeal No. 1, defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of arson in the third degree (Penal Law § 150.10 [1]). In appeal No. 2, defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of burglary in the third degree (§ 140.20). We note at the outset that defendant's contentions on appeal concern only the judgment in appeal No. 1, and we therefore dismiss appeal No. 2.

With respect to the judgment in appeal No. 1, we reject the contention of defendant that his sentence violated the terms of the plea agreement (see People v Abdallah, 50 AD3d 1312, 1313; see also People v Tatro, 8 AD3d 823, 824, lv denied 3 NY3d 682). During the plea proceeding, the prosecutor stated that the People "would consider" any cooperation by defendant with respect to uncharged burglaries in determining whether to recommend a reduced sentence. The prosecutor, however, clearly indicated that defendant "should not plead [guilty] expecting anything other than" the promised maximum sentence, and County Court advised defendant of that maximum sentence before accepting his plea. The record belies the further contention of defendant that the People and the court failed to consider the extent of his cooperation with law enforcement prior to sentencing.

Finally, we agree with defendant that his valid waiver of the right to appeal does not encompass his challenge to the severity of the sentence, inasmuch as he waived his right to appeal before he was advised of the maximum possible sentence (see People v Farrell, 71 AD3d 1507, lv denied 15 NY3d 804). We nevertheless conclude that the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.

Entered: March 23, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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