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People v. Acevedo

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
Nov 20, 2008
867 N.Y.S.2d 430 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)

Opinion

No. 4611.

November 20, 2008.

Judgment, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Denis J. Boyle, J.), rendered July 5, 2007, convicting defendant, after a jury trial, of murder in the second degree, and sentencing him to a term of 22 years, unanimously affirmed.

Richard M. Greenberg, Office of the Appellate Defender, New York (Mugambi Jouet of counsel), for appellant.

Robert T. Johnson, District Attorney, Bronx (Nancy D. Killian of counsel), for respondent.

Lippman, P.J., Mazzarelli, Buckley, McGuire and DeGrasse, JJ.


The court properly declined to submit to the jury the affirmative defense of extreme emotional disturbance. There was insufficient evidence, viewed in a light most favorable to defendant, from which the jury could find, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the elements of that defense were satisfied ( see People v Roche, 98 NY2d 70, 75; People v White, 79 NY2d 900, 903). On the contrary, the evidence failed to establish that defendant had any reasonable excuse or explanation for his actions, which evince the planned and deliberate character of the attack; nor did the evidence show that defendant was actually influenced by an emotional disturbance at the time of the stabbing ( White, 79 NY2d at 903). Furthermore, defendant's postcrime conduct did not suggest extreme emotional distress, but instead suggested that he was in full command of his faculties and had consciousness of guilt ( see e.g. People v Henriquez, 233 AD2d 268, lv denied 89 NY2d 942).

We perceive no basis for reducing the sentence.


Summaries of

People v. Acevedo

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
Nov 20, 2008
867 N.Y.S.2d 430 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
Case details for

People v. Acevedo

Case Details

Full title:THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Respondent, v. JUAN ACEVEDO, Appellant

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department

Date published: Nov 20, 2008

Citations

867 N.Y.S.2d 430 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008)
867 N.Y.S.2d 430
2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 9164

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