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The People of the State of New York, Appellant v. Equan Sanders

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


October 18, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, APPELLANT,
v.
EQUAN SANDERS, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

People v Sanders

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 October 18, 2012

Gonzalez, P.J., Sweeny, Acosta, Renwick, Manzanet-Daniels, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Renee A. White, J.), rendered September 14, 2010, convicting defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and sentencing him, as a second violent felony offender, to a term of seven years, affirmed.

The court properly adjudicated defendant a second violent felony offender rather than a persistent violent felony offender. Defendant's resentencing at the behest of the Division of Parole for the purpose of imposing a period of PRS on one of defendant's prior violent felony convictions occurred after he committed the instant offense. In this situation, the resentencing date controls whether the conviction meets the sequentiality requirement for sentencing as a persistent violent felony offender (see People v Butler, 88 AD3d 470 [1st Dept 2011], lv denied 18 NY3d 992 [2012]). All concur except Gonzalez, P.J. and Sweeny, J. who concur in a separate memorandum by Sweeny, J. as follows: SWEENY, J. (concurring)

I am constrained by this court's decision in People v Butler (88 AD3d 470 [1st Dept. 2011], lv denied 18 NY3d 992 [2012]) to affirm. I write separately to voice my concern that this issue is not fully resolved. Butler is at odds with the Second Department case of People v Naughton (93 AD3d 809[2d Dept], lv denied 19 NY3d 865 [2012]). Naughton clearly holds, contrary to Butler, that it is irrelevant whether the defendant or the government brought the application for a resentence under People v Sparber (10 NY3d 457 [2008]) and that the original sentence date is always determinative as the predicate for persistent violent felony offender status.

It is apparent from these differing opinions that the decision in People v Acevedo (17 NY3d 297 [2011]) to which both Butler and Naughton refer, did not clarify this question. We look to the Court of Appeals for guidance on this crucial sentencing issue.

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

ENTERED: OCTOBER 18, 2012

CLERK

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