People v. Chambers, 2022-50509

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court (New York)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation2022 NY Slip Op 50509 (U)
PartiesThe People of the State of New York, Respondent, v. John Chambers, Defendant-Appellant.
Docket Number2022-50509
Decision Date22 June 2022

2022 NY Slip Op 50509(U)

The People of the State of New York, Respondent,

John Chambers, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 2022-50509

Supreme Court of New York, First Department

June 22, 2022

Unpublished Opinion

Defendant appeals from a judgment of the Criminal Court of the City of New York, New York County (Felicia A. Mennin, J.), rendered September 26, 2016, after a nonjury trial, convicting him of attempted petit larceny and harassment in the second degree, and imposing sentence.

PRESENT: Hagler, J.P., Tisch, Michael, JJ.


Judgment of conviction (Felicia A. Mennin, J.), rendered September 26, 2016, affirmed.

The verdict convicting defendant of attempted petit larceny (see Penal Law §§ 110.00, 155.25) and second-degree harassment (see Penal Law § 240.26[1]) was supported by legally sufficient evidence and was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342 [2007]). There is no basis for disturbing the court's determinations concerning credibility. The evidence warranted the conclusion that when defendant yelled and cursed at the victim (his wife), calling her his "bitch" and stating that he "owned her" before "grabb[ing]" her neck, he did so with the intent to harass, annoy and alarm (see People v Mack, 76 A.D.3d 467, 468 [2010], lv denied 15 N.Y.3d 922 [2010]). With respect to the petit larceny conviction, the evidence showed that when defendant snatched the victim's cell phone from her hand, refused to return it and subsequently lied to a police officer about having the phone, he intended to "deprive" or "appropriate" by taking "control over the property" (People v Jensen, 86 N.Y.2d 248, 252 [1995]).

The court properly exercised its discretion in denying defendant's request for a missing witness charge for two uncalled witnesses, the son of both the victim and defendant (Sage) and a co-tenant (Libby), both of whom were present in the apartment during the incident. There is no indication that Sage was under the People's control for purposes of a missing witness charge (see People v Gonzalez, 68 N.Y.2d 424, 428-429 [1986]; People v Broadhead, 36 A.D.3d 423, 424 [2007], lv denied 8 N.Y.3d 919 [2007]; People v McLean, 17 A.D.3d 1150, 1150-1151 [2005], lv denied 5 N.Y.3d 791 [2005]). Indeed, since Sage "was a close relative of defendant as well as of the victim, and since he refused to cooperate with the prosecutor, there was no reason to presume that his testimony would be favorable to...

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