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The People of the State of New York v. Darain Cruz

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


September 28, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
DARAIN CRUZ,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Cayuga County Court (Mark H. Fandrich, A.J.), rendered April 15, 2011.

People v Cruz

Decided on September 28, 2012

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.

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

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first 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 attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 205.25 [2]). Defendant failed to move to withdraw his plea or to vacate the judgment of conviction and thus failed to preserve for our review his contention that the plea allocution was factually insufficient based on County Court's failure to obtain a waiver of the defense of mental disease or defect (see People v Trapp, 15 AD3d 916, lv denied 4 NY3d 891). Nothing in the plea allocution raised the possibility of that defense (cf. People v Lopez, 71 NY2d 662, 666-668; People v Costanza, 244 AD2d 988, 989), and defendant's contention therefore does not fall within the rare case exception to the preservation rule (see Lopez, 71 NY2d at 666).

Entered: September 28, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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