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People v. Williams

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

April 4, 2018

The People of the State of New York, respondent,
v.
Joseph Williams, appellant. Ind. No. 14-00563

          Bruce A. Petitio, Poughkeepsie, NY, for appellant.

          David M. Hoovler, District Attorney, Middletown, NY (Nicholas D. Mangold and Elizabeth L. Schulz of counsel), for respondent.

          MARK C. DILLON, J.P., COLLEEN D. DUFFY, FRANCESCA E. CONNOLLY, LINDA CHRISTOPHER, JJ.

          DECISION & ORDER

         Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the County Court, Orange County (Robert H. Freehill, J.), rendered June 2, 2015, convicting him of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and menacing in the second degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence. The appeal brings up for review the denial, after a hearing, of those branches of the defendant's omnibus motion which were to suppress physical evidence and his statements to law enforcement officials.

         ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

         The County Court properly denied that branch of the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress his statements to law enforcement officials. Police officers responded to the defendant's home, which he shared with the complainant, upon two 911 calls by the complainant indicating that the defendant had threatened to kill her while wielding a knife. Under the circumstances, the police had reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime had been committed (see People v Garcia, 20 N.Y.3d 317, 324; People v Chestnut, 51 N.Y.2d 14; People v Dewese, 21 A.D.3d 426), justifying a brief investigative detention of the defendant, during which he was asked where the knife was located.

         Further, the County Court properly denied that branch the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress physical evidence recovered from his bedroom. The police officers entered the defendant's bedroom, which he shared with the complainant, upon the complainant's consent (see Schneckloth v Bustamonte, 412 U.S. 218, 219; People v Cosme, 48 N.Y.2d 286, 290-292; People v Watson, 101 A.D.3d 913; People v Madill, 26 A.D.3d 811).

         The defendant's contention that the police lacked probable cause to arrest him is unpreserved for appellate review (see CPL 470.05[2]). In any event, the record demonstrates that the police had probable cause to arrest the defendant (see People v Bellow, 255 A.D.2d 450; People v Haynes, 251 A.D.2d 595).

         Contrary to the defendant's contention, the County Court properly admitted evidence of his prior acts of domestic violence against the complainant as probative of the nature of the relationship between him and the complainant and probative of his motive and intent to menace the complainant (see People v Charles, 121 A.D.3d 802; People v Sanchez, 73 A.D.3d 1093; People v Sanchez, 54 A.D.3d 638; People v Gorham, 17 A.D.3d 858). Moreover, the probative value of the evidence outweighed the risk of prejudice to the defendant, particularly considering the court's limiting instruction to the jury, which served to alleviate any prejudice resulting from the admission of the evidence (see People v Beer, 146 A.D.3d 895; People v Charles, 121 A.D.3d at 803; People v Holden, 82 A.D.3d 1007). In addition, the prosecutor did not elicit evidence that exceeded the scope of the court's Molineux ruling (see People v Molineux, 168 NY 264; People v Echavarria, 53 A.D.3d 859).

         The defendant failed to preserve for appellate review his challenge to the legal sufficiency of the evidence supporting his convictions of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and menacing in the second degree (see CPL 470.05[2]). In any event, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution (see People v Contes, 60 N.Y.2d 620, 621), we find that it was legally sufficient to establish the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Moreover, in fulfilling our responsibility to conduct an independent review of the weight of the evidence (see CPL 470.15[5]; People v Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342, 348), we nevertheless accord great deference to the jury's opportunity to view the witnesses, hear the testimony, and observe demeanor (see People v Mateo, 2 N.Y.3d 383; People v Bleakley, 69 N.Y.2d 490, 495). Upon reviewing the record here, we are satisfied that the verdict of guilty was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Romero, 7 N.Y.3d 633).

         The sentence imposed was not excessive (see People v ...


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