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The People of the State of New York, 61425c/09 v. Samuel Mercado

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


April 10, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 61425C/09 RESPONDENT,
v.
SAMUEL MERCADO, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Mercado

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 April 10, 2012

Andrias, J.P., Friedman, Acosta, Freedman, Richter, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Cassandra Mullen, J.), rendered August 24, 2010, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of assault in the third degree, and sentencing him to a term of six months, unanimously modified, as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice, to the extent of reducing the sentence to a period of 3 years' probation, and otherwise affirmed.

The factual allegations contained in the misdemeanor information were sufficient to satisfy the physical injury element of assault in the third degree. The information recited that "defendant struck informant . . . on his face with a closed fist," and that "as a result of defendant's actions, he suffered swelling and bruising to the left side of his face and bruising and swelling to his left eye as well as experienced annoyance, alarm and fear for his physical safety."

These allegations were sufficient to warrant the conclusion that the victim suffered substantial pain. As in People v Henderson (92 NY2d 677 [1999]), based on the allegations, "a jury could certainly infer that the victim felt substantial pain" (id. at 680). We note that "substantial pain" (Penal Law § 10.00[9]) simply means "more than slight or trivial pain" (People v Chiddick, 8 NY3d 445, 447 [2007]).

We find the sentence excessive to the extent indicated.

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

ENTERED: APRIL 10, 2012

CLERK

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