People v. Williams

Citation138 N.Y.S.3d 690,189 A.D.3d 1978
Decision Date31 December 2020
Docket Number111364
Parties The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Shaka WILLIAMS, Appellant.
CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division

189 A.D.3d 1978
138 N.Y.S.3d 690

The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent,
v.
Shaka WILLIAMS, Appellant.

111364

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

Calendar Date: November 16, 2020
Decided and Entered: December 31, 2020


138 N.Y.S.3d 691

Christian J. Root, Vestal, for appellant.

Letitia James, Attorney General, New York City (Matthew B. Keller of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Garry, P.J., Lynch, Clark, Mulvey and Reynolds Fitzgerald, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Clark, J.

Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of St. Lawrence County (Main Jr., J.), rendered June 21, 2019, convicting defendant upon his plea of guilty of the crimes of conspiracy in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

In 2017, defendant and 56 codefendants were indicted on various charges arising out of their involvement in a multicounty narcotics distribution scheme. Defendant was specifically charged with one count of conspiracy in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Defendant thereafter moved, pursuant to CPL 210.20(1)(b), for dismissal and/or reduction of the crimes charged in the indictment. County Court (Richards, J.) denied the motion.

Meanwhile, defendant – an alleged adherent of the so-called sovereign citizen's movement – filed a Uniform Commercial Code financing statement against real property owned by Judge Richards, claiming a debt owed of up to $4.5 million. In light of this conduct, Judge Richards recused himself from presiding over defendant's prosecution on the 2017 indictment; defendant was thereafter charged – in an indictment handed up in 2018 – with one count of offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree, two counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and one count of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree. County Court (Main Jr., J.) denied the People's motion to join the 2017 indictment and the 2018 indictment for trial.

Thereafter, through various motions made either pro se or with the assistance of counsel, defendant unsuccessfully sought dismissal of the 2017 indictment. In February 2019, after conferring with assigned counsel, defendant waived his right to a jury trial and proceeded to a

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bench trial. On the second day of trial, defendant accepted a plea deal. Specifically, in full satisfaction of the charges against him in the 2017 and 2018 indictments and in exchange for a specific sentencing commitment, defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. Defendant was also required to waive his right to appeal as part of the plea agreement. Prior to sentencing, defendant moved to withdraw his guilty plea. County Court denied the motion. In accordance with the plea agreement, County Court sentenced defendant, as a second felony offender, to a prison term of 4½ to 9 years on the conspiracy conviction and to lesser concurrent prison terms on the remaining convictions. Defendant appeals.

We affirm. Initially, we find that defendant validly waived his right to appeal. As reflected in the plea colloquy, County Court informed defendant that an appeal waiver was a condition of his plea agreement and explained in detail the nature of the right to appeal, including that it was separate and distinct from the trial-related rights forfeited by a guilty plea. Although County Court...

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