New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
December 4, 2012
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
People v Chapman
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 December 4, 2012
Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Acosta, DeGrasse, Richter, JJ.
Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Richard D. Carruthers, J.), rendered March 23, 2009, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of robbery in the first degree, and sentencing him, as a persistent violent felony offender, to a term of 22 years to life, unanimously affirmed.
Regardless of whether the introduction of the uncharged crime evidence was error, it was harmless in the face of the overwhelming proof of defendant's guilt. The victim clearly identified defendant as the robber both at a lineup and in court. She had an excellent opportunity to view defendant during the encounter because she was face to face with him in a well-lit store. Furthermore, the victim's identification was corroborated by the evidence uncovered at the time of defendant's arrest, as well as the surveillance video of the robbery, which the jury viewed. Thus, there is no significant probability that the verdict would have been different if the trial court had excluded the uncharged crime evidence (see People v Arafet, 13 NY3d 460, 468 ).
Defendant did not preserve his challenges to the court's limiting instructions concerning the uncharged robbery, and we decline to review them in the interest of justice. As an alternative holding, we find that these instructions adequately conveyed the appropriate standards.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: DECEMBER 4, 2012
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