People v. Kildare

CourtNew York Court of General Sessions
Writing for the CourtTHOMAS DICKENS
Citation229 N.Y.S.2d 20,34 Misc.2d 822
Decision Date14 June 1962
PartiesThe PEOPLE of the State of New York v. John KILDARE, Defendant.

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229 N.Y.S.2d 20
34 Misc.2d 822
The PEOPLE of the State of New York
v.
John KILDARE, Defendant.
Court of General Sessions, New York County.
June 14, 1962.

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Frank S. Hogan, Dist. Atty. (by Edward M. Davidowitz, New York City, of counsel), for the People.

John Kildare, in pro. per.

THOMAS DICKENS, Judge.

Defendant moves for an order to set aside the sentence imposed upon him as a second felony offender, and for a resentence.

The basis of this motion is that defendant was sentenced as a second felony offender on the previous conviction for a crime to which he had not pleaded guilty; consequently, he declares that the present sentence, as it now stands, is erroneous, and therefore, 'this court issue an order * * * for the purpose of correcting the record.' Letter Application, p. 2.

The gist of defendant's contention is that the previous conviction should not have been for the lesser crime of an attempt feloniously to possess a narcotic drug, but should have been for its felonious possession, the higher crime, the one to which he states that he had actually pleaded.

It seems that the minutes of pleading disclose that in 1952, defendant, in the presence of his attorney, had pleaded guilty to the crime of the felonious possession of a narcotic drug. On the other hand, the official court record indicates, by an entry therein, that the plea had been taken to the lesser crime of an attempt feloniously to possess a narcotic drug under the second count.

The minutes of sentence also disclose that the pleaded crime, for which he was sentenced to Elmira Reformatory, had been for an attempt feloniously to possess a narcotic drug. The item sheet attached to the indictment, indicates by an entry thereon that the acceptance of the plea of an attempt feloniously to posses a narcotic drug, was recommended by the district attorney.

Viewing the argument presented by defendant in the most favorable light and accepting what he insists upon, and that is, [34 Misc.2d 823] that he had not pleaded to the lesser degree of the crime for which he was sentenced, I am, nevertheless, of the mind that he still would not, in the circumstances of this case, be entitled to be accorded the relief he now seeks.

Both the felonious possession of a narcotic and an attempt feloniously to possess, though the latter is of a lesser degree, are as the language indicates, felonies. Penal Law, § 1751, subds. 3 and 5. With this statutory

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  • People v. Newsome
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • 7 Noviembre 1966
    ...I should say that he has no reason to complain when, as I had, also as the presiding Judge in People v. Kildare, 34 Mise.2d 822, 823, 229 N.Y.S.2d 20, 22, stated there that it is considered 'A malefactor is in no favorable position to find fault when he is charged with the lower of the alle......
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  • People v. Newsome
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • 7 Noviembre 1966
    ...I should say that he has no reason to complain when, as I had, also as the presiding Judge in People v. Kildare, 34 Mise.2d 822, 823, 229 N.Y.S.2d 20, 22, stated there that it is considered 'A malefactor is in no favorable position to find fault when he is charged with the lower of the alle......

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