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People v. Barclay

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

June 19, 2013

People of State of New York, respondent,
v.
Patrick Barclay, appellant.

Lynn W. L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (Warren S. Landau of counsel), for appellant, and appellant pro se.

Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove and Morgan J. Dennehy of counsel; Jason D. Krumenaker on the brief), for respondent.

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P., THOMAS A. DICKERSON, LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JEFFREY A. COHEN, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

Appeal by the defendant from an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Ingram, J.), dated February 10, 2011, which, after a hearing, designated him a level two sexually violent offender pursuant to Correction Law article 6-C.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

The Supreme Court's designation of the defendant as a level two sexually violent offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (see Correction Law article 6-C [hereinafter SORA]) was supported by clear and convincing evidence (see Correction Law § 168-n[3]; People v Pettigrew, 14 N.Y.3d 406, 408; People v Mingo, 12 N.Y.3d 563, 571; People v Atkinson, 65 A.D.3d 1112; People v Bright, 63 A.D.3d 1133). Contrary to the defendant's contention, in assessing him 15 points under risk factor 12, the Supreme Court did not improvidently exercise its discretion in crediting, among other things, the case summary prepared by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders and the defendant's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records, rather than the defendant's testimony to the contrary, in concluding that the People proved by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant refused sex-offender treatment several times over the course of his imprisonment, and that he never completed treatment while imprisoned (see People v Murphy, 68 A.D.3d 832; People v Mercado, 55 A.D.3d 583; People v Palladino, 46 A.D.3d 864, 865; People v Mitchell, 300 A.D.2d 377, 377-378). In addition, the People met their burden of adducing facts in support of the assessment of 10 points under risk factor 13 by clear and convincing evidence (see Correction Law § 168-n[3]).

Further, since the defendant failed to meet his threshold burden of establishing a "mitigating factor of a kind, or to a degree, that is otherwise not adequately taken into account by the guidelines" (SORA Risk Assessment Guidelines and Commentary, 2006, at 4), the Supreme Court did not err in denying his request, in effect, for a downward departure to level one (see People v Johnson, 11 N.Y.3d 416, 421; People v Perez, 104 A.D.3d 746, lv denied ___ N.Y.3d ___, 2013 NY Slip Op 72944 [2013]; People v Wyatt, 89 A.D.3d 112, 128).

The defendant's remaining arguments, raised in his pro se supplemental brief, are unpreserved for appellate review, and, in any event, are without merit.

SKELOS, J.P., DICKERSON, AUSTIN and COHEN, JJ., concur.


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