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,
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 ) and four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (§ 220.16 ). 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  [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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