People
v.
Lavelle

Not overruled or negatively treated on appealinfoCoverage
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New YorkDec 6, 2018
2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 8378 (N.Y. App. Div. 2018)

109071

12-06-2018

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Respondent, v. MICHAEL LAVELLE JR., Appellant.

G. Scott Walling, Slingerlands, for appellant. Robert M. Carney, District Attorney, Schenectady (Peter H. Willis of counsel), for respondent.


Before: Lynch, J.P., Devine, Clark, Mulvey and Aarons, JJ.

G. Scott Walling, Slingerlands, for appellant.

Robert M. Carney, District Attorney, Schenectady (Peter H. Willis of counsel), for respondent.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Schenectady County (Sypnewski, J.), rendered November 2, 2016, convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of the crime of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor in the first degree.

Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor in the first degree and waived his right to appeal. He was sentenced, in accordance with the terms of the plea agreement, to a prison term of 1½ years followed by 10 years of postrelease supervision. Defendant appeals.

Defendant contends that he was illegally sentenced as a felony sex offender. The People concede, and our review of the record confirms, that defendant's contention is correct. Although a conviction of attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor in the first degree (see Penal Law §§ 110.00, 235.22) can be considered a felony sex offense subject to sentencing in accordance with Penal Law § 70.80, the accusatory instrument must specify that the offense is charged "as a sexually motivated felony" (CPL 200.50 [4]; see Penal Law § 130.91 [2]). Here, the accusatory instrument did not contain the requisite language, nor did it make any reference to Penal Law § 130.91. As such, defendant was not subject to the sentencing provisions of Penal Law § 130.91, rendering the imposed sentence illegal. Accordingly, the sentence must be vacated and the matter remitted to County Court for resentencing.

Lynch, J.P., Devine, Clark, Mulvey and Aarons, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is modified, on the law, by vacating the sentence imposed; matter remitted to the County Court of Schenectady County for resentencing; and, as so modified, affirmed.