People v. Gumpton

Citation2021 NY Slip Op 06519
Decision Date19 November 2021
Docket Number979 KA 19-00934
PartiesTHE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. PRISCILLA GUMPTON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court (New York)

DAVID R. MORABITO, EAST ROCHESTER, FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

JOSEPH V. CARDONE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ALBION (SUSAN M. HOWARD OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

PRESENT: CARNI, J.P., LINDLEY, NEMOYER, WINSLOW, AND BANNISTER, JJ.

Appeal from a judgment of the Orleans County Court (Charles N. Zambito, A.J.), rendered December 13, 2018. The judgment convicted defendant, upon her plea of guilty, of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree.

It is hereby ORDERED that the case is held, the decision is reserved and the matter is remitted to Orleans County Court for further proceedings in accordance with the following memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting her, upon her plea of guilty, of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree (Penal Law §§ 110.00, 205.25 [1]). Because defendant's challenge to the voluntariness of her plea would survive even a valid waiver of the right to appeal, we need not address the validity of that waiver (see People v Judy, 191 A.D.3d 1454, 1455 [4th Dept 2021], lv denied 36 N.Y.3d 1121 [2021]). We agree with defendant that County Court erred in denying her motion to withdraw her plea without a hearing because the record-specifically, defense counsel's affidavit swearing that defendant's plea was coerced-"raises a legitimate question as to the voluntariness of the plea" (People v Brown, 14 N.Y.3d 113, 116 [2010]; see People v Hall, 138 A.D.3d 1407, 1407-1408 [4th Dept 2016]). We therefore hold the case, reserve decision, and remit the matter to County Court to appoint new defense counsel and to rule on defendant's motion to withdraw her plea following an evidentiary hearing.

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