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People v. Whalen

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 7, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
SHAWN WHALEN, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (M. William Boller, A.J.), rendered November 23, 2011. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of robbery in the first degree.

THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (BARBARA J. DAVIES OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

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

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

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by vacating the sentence and as modified the judgment is affirmed, and the matter is remitted to Supreme Court, Erie County, for resentencing in accordance with the following Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of robbery in the first degree (Penal Law § 160.15 [3]). As the People correctly concede, Supreme Court erred in failing to set forth on the record its determination denying defendant's request for youthful offender treatment (see CPL 720.20 [1]; People v Beasley, 86 A.D.3d 932, 932; People v Lee, 79 A.D.3d 1641, 1641). We thus modify the judgment by vacating the sentence, and we remit the matter to Supreme Court for resentencing following a determination whether defendant should be sentenced as a youthful offender (see Beasley, 86 A.D.3d at 932). In view of our determination, we do not address defendant's remaining contentions, which concern the waiver of the right to appeal and the severity of the sentence.


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