People ex Rel. Leggett

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Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third DepartmentJul 13, 2000
274 A.D.2d 699 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000)
274 A.D.2d 699711 N.Y.S.2d 219

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July 13, 2000.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Cobb, J.), entered August 26, 1999 in Greene County, which dismissed petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 70, without a hearing.

Michael Leggett, Hudson, appellant in person.

Eliot Spitzer, Attorney-General (Frank Brady of counsel), Albany, for respondent.

Before: Cardona, P.J., Mercure, Crew III, Spain and Lahtinen, JJ.


Cardona, P.J.

Following a final parole revocation hearing, petitioner was found guilty of violating a condition of his parole by stabbing his girlfriend and pleading guilty to assault in the third degree in connection therewith. Petitioner's parole was revoked and, based upon the determination that petitioner's violent conduct warranted "Category 1" parole violator status (see, 9 NYCRR 8005.20 [c] [1] [vi]), a 30-month time assessment was imposed. Thereafter, petitioner commenced this habeas corpus proceeding contending that a "Category 3" time assessment of three months should have been imposed and that, since the three-month period has expired, he is entitled to immediate release. Supreme Court dismissed the petition, resulting in this appeal.

We affirm. A time assessment period fixed as a result of a final parole revocation hearing determines the date upon which a parole violator may be considered for rerelease by the Board of Parole (see, 9 NYCRR 8002.6 [a]). Thus, even if petitioner was deemed a "Category 3" parole violator subject to a three-month time assessment (see, 9 NYCRR 8005.20 [c] [3]), the expiration of that time period would only entitle petitioner to reappear before the Board of Parole and not to immediate release (see generally,People ex rel. Sansalone v. Schriver, 252 A.D.2d 605; see also, People ex rel. Lee v. La Paglia, 251 A.D.2d 834, lv denied 92 N.Y.2d 809; People ex rel. McKnight v. Meloni, 181 Misc.2d 422). Accordingly, Supreme Court properly concluded that habeas corpus relief was unavailable under the circumstances presented here.

Moreover, Supreme Court did not err in determining that, in the event that this proceeding was converted into one pursuant to CPLR article 78 challenging the determination that petitioner was a "Category 1" parole violator, the petition should nonetheless be dismissed (see, e.g., People ex rel. Wilson v. Hanslmaier, 232 A.D.2d 702). Contrary to petitioner's contention, the police report and hearing testimony indicating that petitioner stabbed the victim in the back with a folding knife supports the determination that petitioner used a deadly weapon to inflict physical injury upon another individual, so as to warrant his treatment as a "Category 1" parole violator (see, 9 NYCRR 8005.20 [c] [1] [vi]).

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.