Lynn W. L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (David P. Greenberg of counsel), for appellant.
Richard A. Brown, District Attorney, Kew Gardens, N.Y. (John M. Castellano and Ushir Pandit of counsel; Lorrie A. Zinno on the memorandum), for respondent.
RANDALL T. ENG, P.J., PETER B. SKELOS, SHERI S. ROMAN, JEFFREY A. COHEN, SYLVIA HINDS-RADIX, JJ.
DECISION & ORDER
Appeal by the defendant, as limited by his motion, from a sentence of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Hollie, J.), imposed August 5, 2011, on the ground that the sentence was excessive.
ORDERED that the sentence is affirmed.
When the Supreme Court explained the defendant's waiver of his right to appeal to him, it improperly conflated the right to appeal with the rights automatically forfeited by a guilty plea. Accordingly, the waiver of the right to appeal was invalid (see People v Lopez, 6 N.Y.3d 248, 256-257; People v Curras, 105 A.D.3d 973). ...