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People v. Nelson

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Mar 5, 2002
292 A.D.2d 397 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)

Opinion

1999-11359

Submitted February 1, 2002.

March 5, 2002.

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Gerges, J.), rendered December 1, 1999, convicting him of robbery in the first degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence. The appeal brings up for review the denial, after a hearing, of that branch of the defendant's omnibus motion which was to suppress identification testimony.

Andrew C. Fine, New York, N.Y. (Betsy Hutchings of counsel), for appellant.

Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove and Camille O'Hara Gillespie of counsel), for respondent.

Before: A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN, WILLIAM D. FRIEDMANN, LEO F. McGINITY, JJ.


ORDERED that the judgment is reversed, on the law, the sentence imposed thereon is vacated, the robbery in the first degree count of the indictment is dismissed, and a new trial is ordered on the robbery in the second degree and robbery in the third degree counts of the indictment.

The defendant contends that identification evidence should be suppressed as the result of a warrantless arrest in his mother's home in violation of Payton v. New York ( 445 U.S. 573). The Supreme Court concluded that the People sustained their burden of proving that entry into the home was valid upon the mother's consent. We decline to disturb that determination, as it was based on the Supreme Court's assessment of the credibility of the witnesses and is clearly supported by the record (see, People v. Roberts, 249 A.D.2d 493; see also, People v. Prochilo, 41 N.Y.2d 759). The evidence presented at the hearing established that the defendant's mother admitted the officers into her home without any threats or coercion. After being advised that the defendant had participated in a stun gun robbery, the defendant's mother told the officers that the defendant was upstairs, and she tacitly consented to one of the officer's going upstairs to find him (see, People v. Russo, 243 A.D.2d 658; People v. Satornino, 153 A.D.2d 595).

We agree with the defendant that his conviction of robbery in the first degree (Penal Law § 160.15) must be reversed as the People failed to present legally sufficient evidence that the stun gun allegedly displayed during the robbery was a "dangerous instrument". No evidence was offered that the stun gun, "under the circumstances in which it [was] used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, [was] readily capable of causing death or other serious physical injury" (Penal Law § 10.00). The People's reliance on People v. MacCary ( 173 A.D.2d 646) is misplaced, as in that case evidence was offered at trial that a stun gun, if applied to the body for a sufficient period of time, could cause serious or protracted disfigurement, substantial pain and burns, and, if applied to the eye, loss or impairment of the functioning of the eye.

The count of the indictment charging the defendant with robbery in the first degree must be dismissed. Because the jury did not reach a verdict on any count other than robbery in the first degree, a new trial is required on the counts in the indictment charging robbery in the second degree and robbery in the third degree (see, People v. Charles, 78 N.Y.2d 1044, 1047; People v. Hubbert, 212 A.D.2d 633).

The defendant's remaining contentions are without merit.

PRUDENTI, P.J., O'BRIEN, FRIEDMANN and McGINITY, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

People v. Nelson

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Mar 5, 2002
292 A.D.2d 397 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
Case details for

People v. Nelson

Case Details

Full title:THE PEOPLE, ETC., respondent, v. CHARLES NELSON, appellant

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

Date published: Mar 5, 2002

Citations

292 A.D.2d 397 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
738 N.Y.S.2d 603

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