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The People of the State of New York v. Edward Fletcher

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


September 25, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
EDWARD FLETCHER,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

People v Fletcher

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 September 25, 2012

Friedman, J.P., Acosta, Renwick, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Gregory Carro, J.), rendered June 30, 2010, convicting defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of assault in the second degree, and sentencing him, as a second felony offender, to a term of three years, unanimously modified, as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice, to the extent of vacating the second felony offender adjudication and remanding for resentencing in accordance with the decision herein, and otherwise affirmed.

Defendant's challenge to his second felony offender adjudication, made on the ground of lack of equivalency between his out-of-state predicate conviction and a New York felony, requires preservation (see People v Samms, 95 NY2d 52, 57 [2000]; People v Smith, 73 NY2d 961 [1989]), and we reject defendant's arguments to the contrary.

The People do not dispute that defendant's Florida burglary conviction, which served as the predicate in this matter, cannot serve at the basis for adjudicate a second felony offender (see People v Fermin, 231 AD2d 436, 436-437 [1st Dept 1996]). Because defendant's predicate sentence was based on a mistake of law, we exercise our interest of justice jurisdiction to the extent of remanding for resentencing (see People v Marino, 81 AD3d 426, 427 [1st Dept 2011], lv denied 16 NY3d 897 [2011]). On remand, the People may allege a different prior felony conviction, if there is one, as the basis for predicate felony adjudication (id.).

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

ENTERED: SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

CLERK

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