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People v. Sanborn

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 7, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
JAMISON SANBORN, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Oneida County Court (Michael L. Dwyer, J.), rendered April 3, 2012. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of robbery in the first degree and menacing in the second degree.

J. SCOTT PORTER, SENECA FALLS, FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

SCOTT D. MCNAMARA, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, UTICA (STEVEN G. COX OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

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

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of, inter alia, robbery in the first degree (Penal Law § 160.15 [3]). We agree with defendant that his waiver of the right to appeal is not valid (see People v Jackson, 99 A.D.3d 1240, 1240-1241, lv denied 20 N.Y.3d 987). During the plea colloquy, County Court "conflated the appeal waiver with the rights automatically waived by the guilty plea" (People v Martin, 88 A.D.3d 473, 474, affd 19 N.Y.3d 914; see People v Hawkins, 94 A.D.3d 1439, 1439-1440, lv denied 19 N.Y.3d 974; People v Tate, 83 A.D.3d 1467, 1467), and thus "the record fails to establish that defendant understood that the right to appeal is separate and distinct from those rights automatically forfeited upon a plea of guilty" (Jackson, 99 A.D.3d at 1241 [internal quotation marks omitted]). Although defendant's contentions with respect to the severity of the sentence therefore are not encompassed by the invalid waiver, we nevertheless conclude that the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe. In light of our determination, we do not address defendant's remaining contentions with respect to his waiver of the right to appeal.


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