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The People of the State of New York v. Derrell M. Jones

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


June 15, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
DERRELL M. JONES,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Sheila A. DiTullio, J.), rendered November 15, 2010.

People v Jones

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 June 15, 2012

PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, LINDLEY, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of robbery 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 robbery in the second degree (Penal Law § 160.10 [1]). We reject defendant's contention that he did not knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waive his right to appeal. Contrary to defendant's contention, County Court "engage[d] the defendant in an adequate colloquy to ensure that the waiver of the right to appeal was a knowing and voluntary choice" (People v Wright, 66 AD3d 1334, lv denied 13 NY3d 912 [internal quotation marks omitted]). Further, the record as a whole, including the written waiver of the right to appeal, establishes "that the defendant understood that the right to appeal is separate and distinct from those rights automatically forfeited upon a plea of guilty" (People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256; see People v Kulyeshie, 71 AD3d 1478, 1478-1479, lv denied 14 NY3d 889).

Defendant's valid waiver of the right to appeal encompasses his contention that the court abused its discretion in denying his request for youthful offender status (see People v Elshabazz, 81 AD3d 1429, 1429, lv denied 16 NY3d 858; People v Kearns, 50 AD3d 1514, 1515, lv denied 11 NY3d 790), as well as his challenge to the severity of the sentence (see Lopez, 6 NY3d at 256). Entered: June 15, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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