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People v. Suttles

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 7, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
TRUMAINE SUTTLES, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Erie County Court (Sheila A. DiTullio, J.), rendered July 26, 2011. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (ROBERT B. HALLBORG, JR., OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

FRANK A. SEDITA, III, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, BUFFALO (MATTHEW B. POWERS OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, SCONIERS, AND WHALEN, JJ.

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, murder in the second degree (Penal Law § 125.25 [1]). We reject defendant's contention that his waiver of the right to appeal is invalid. "[T]he record demonstrates that County Court engaged the defendant in an adequate colloquy to ensure that the waiver of the right to appeal was a knowing and voluntary choice" (People v Burt, 101 A.D.3d 1729, 1730, lv denied 20 N.Y.3d 1060 [internal quotation marks omitted]). Defendant's valid waiver of the right to appeal encompasses his contention that the sentence is unduly harsh and severe (see People v Lopez, 6 N.Y.3d 248, 256).


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