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The People of the State of New York, Respondent v. Shamel X. Smith

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


December 21, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
SHAMEL X. SMITH, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Onondaga County (John J. Brunetti, A.J.), rendered June 9, 2009.

People v Smith

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.

Released on December 21, 2012

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, VALENTINO, AND WHALEN, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (three counts), criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (four counts), criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and unlawful possession of marihuana.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice by reducing the period of postrelease supervision imposed on each count to a period of one year and as modified the judgment is affirmed.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of, inter alia, three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (Penal Law § 220.39 [1]) and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (§ 220.16 [1]). As part of the plea agreement, Supreme Court stated that it would sentence defendant to concurrent five-year terms of imprisonment with a one-year period of postrelease supervision. We agree with defendant that the court erred in enhancing the sentence by imposing a 1½-year period of postrelease supervision that was not included in the plea agreement (see generally People v Pickett, 90 AD3d 1526, 1527). Although defendant failed to preserve his contention for our review "because [he] did not object to the enhanced sentence, nor did he move to withdraw the appeal or to vacate the judgment of conviction" (People v Sprague, 82 AD3d 1649, 1649, lv denied 17 NY3d 801), we nevertheless exercise our power to review it as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [6] [a]). We therefore modify the judgment by reducing the period of postrelease supervision to one year. As modified, the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe. Entered: December 21, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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