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People v. Dearmyer

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 14, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
TERRENCE M. DEARMYER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Deborah A. Haendiges, J.), rendered May 2, 2011. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted burglary in the second degree.

THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (KRISTIN M. PREVE OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

FRANK A. SEDITA, III, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, BUFFALO (DONNA A. MILLING OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, FAHEY, CARNI, AND LINDLEY, JJ.

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

Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of attempted burglary in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 140.25 [2]), defendant contends that his waiver of the right to appeal is unenforceable and that his sentence is unduly harsh and severe. As the People correctly concede, defendant's waiver of the right to appeal does not encompass his challenge to the severity of the sentence because his purported waiver of the right to appeal occurred before Supreme Court advised him of the maximum sentence he could receive (see People v Monaghan, 101 A.D.3d 1686, 1686; People v Farrell, 71 A.D.3d 1507, 1507, lv denied15 N.Y.3d 804). Nevertheless, we conclude that the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe. Although defendant faced a maximum sentence of seven years' imprisonment (see Penal Law 70.06 [6] [c]), the court sentenced him to 4½ years' imprisonment, which was only 1½ years more than the minimum sentence permitted by law. We note that, according to the presentence investigation report, defendant "failed to take any responsibility for the present offense and showed no remorse" for the injuries he inflicted upon the victim. We also note that defendant had been ...


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