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The People of the State of New York v. Lamario Cotto

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


May 3, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
LAMARIO COTTO,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Thomas P. Franczyk, J.), rendered June 7, 2011.

People v Cotto

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 May 3, 2013

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND WHALEN, JJ.

The judgment convicted defendant, upon a jury verdict, of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him, upon a jury verdict, of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (Penal Law § 265.03 [3]). Defendant failed to preserve for our review his contention that he was denied a fair trial by prosecutorial misconduct during summation inasmuch as he did not object to any of the alleged improprieties (see People v Rumph, 93 AD3d 1346, 1347, lv denied 19 NY3d 967; People v Smith, 90 AD3d 1565, 1567, lv denied 18 NY3d 998; People v Mull, 89 AD3d 1445, 1446, lv denied 19 NY3d 965). In any event, defendant's contention is without merit. Some of the prosecutor's allegedly improper comments were " either a fair response to defense counsel's summation or fair comment on the evidence' " (People v Green, 60 AD3d 1320, 1322, lv denied 12 NY3d 915), and the remaining alleged instances of misconduct were not so egregious as to deprive defendant of a fair trial (see People v Pringle, 71 AD3d 1450, 1451, lv denied 15 NY3d 777; People v Scott, 60 AD3d 1483, 1484, lv denied 12 NY3d 859). Notably, two of the instances of alleged prosecutorial misconduct cited by defendant relate solely to the count of which he was acquitted. Finally, the sentence imposed is not unduly harsh or severe. Entered: May 3, 2013 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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