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People v. Hines

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

July 19, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
LAMONT HINES, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Deborah A. Haendiges, J.), rendered August 23, 2011. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of attempted murder in the second degree (two counts).

THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (VINCENT F. GUGINO OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

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

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

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

Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting himupon his plea of guilty of two counts of attempted murder in the second degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 125.25 [1]), defendant contends that the waiver of the right to appeal is not valid and challenges the severity of the sentence. Although the record establishes that defendant knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waived the right to appeal (see generally People v Lopez, 6 N.Y.3d 248, 256), we conclude that the valid waiver of the right to appeal does not encompass his challenge to the severity of the sentence because the record establishes that defendant waived his right to appeal before Supreme Court advised him of the potential periods of imprisonment that could be imposed (see People v Mingo, 38 A.D.3d 1270, 1271; see generally People v Lococo, 92 N.Y.2d 825, 827). Nevertheless, on the merits, we conclude that the sentence is not unduly harsh or severe.


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