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In re McCaskell

Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

July 11, 2013

In the Matter of BRAD McCASKELL, Appellant,
v.
ANDREA EVANS, as Chair of the Division of Parole, Respondent.

Calendar Date: June 6, 2013

Brad McCaskell, Beacon, appellant pro se.

Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Laura Etlinger of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Rose, J.P., Lahtinen, Stein and Garry, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Elliott, J.), entered December 7, 2012 in Albany County, which dismissed petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, to review a determination of the Board of Parole denying petitioner's request for parole release.

In 1991, petitioner was sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 20 years to life following his conviction of two counts of murder in the second degree, as well as a separate concurrent sentence of 8⅓ to 25 years for his conviction of attempted murder in the second degree. Petitioner appeared before the Board of Parole for the second time in September 2011, at which time the Board declined to release him to parole supervision and ordered him held for an additional 24 months. The Board's determination was affirmed upon administrative appeal, prompting petitioner to commence this CPLR article 78 proceeding. Supreme Court dismissed the petition, and petitioner now appeals.

We affirm. Despite petitioner's contention that the Board failed to properly consider the statutory factors set forth in Executive Law § 259—i and improperly emphasized his criminal history, the record confirms "that the Board properly considered petitioner's criminal history, as well as the nature of his crimes, his prison disciplinary record, his institutional accomplishments and his postrelease plans" (Matter of Davis v Evans, 105 A.D.3d 1305, 1306 [2013]; see Matter of Campbell v Evans, 106 A.D.3d 1363, 1364 [2013]) [1]. "[T]he Board was entitled to place greater emphasis on the serious nature of the crimes over the other factors" (Matter of Vigliotti v State of N.Y. Exec. Div. of Parole, 98 A.D.3d 789, 790 [2012], lv dismissed 20 N.Y.3d 1034 [2013]). Moreover, "[c]ontrary to petitioner's further contention, by specifying an effective date of an amendment to Executive Law § 259—c (4) that postdated his parole hearing, the Legislature evinced its intent that the provision only be applied prospectively" (Matter of Davidson v Evans, 104 A.D.3d 1046, 1046 [2013] [internal quotation marks and citation omitted]).

We have examined petitioner's remaining arguments and, to the extent that they are preserved for our review, have been found to be lacking in merit.

Rose, J.P., Lahtinen, Stein and Garry, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.


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