State of New York
Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Third Judicial Department
Decided and Entered: July 17, 2014 105243
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF
v MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
LANCE N. PATTERSON, Also
Known as BANKS,
Calendar Date: June 3, 2014
Before: Peters, P.J., Garry, Rose, Egan Jr. and Clark, JJ.
M. Elizabeth Coreno, Saratoga Springs, for appellant.
Andrew J. Wylie, District Attorney, Plattsburgh (Jaime A.
Douthat of counsel), for respondent.
Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Clinton
County (McGill, J.), rendered July 16, 2012, convicting defendant
upon his plea of guilty of the crime of criminal sale of a
controlled substance in the fourth degree (two counts).
In satisfaction of a four-count indictment stemming from
the sale of cocaine on two occasions, defendant entered a guilty
plea to two reduced counts of criminal sale of a controlled
substance in the fourth degree pursuant to a negotiated plea
agreement that included a waiver of appeal and of the right to
seek postconviction relief. He was sentenced, as agreed, to
concurrent seven-year prison terms followed by two years of
postrelease supervision. Defendant appeals.
Upon review of the record, including the plea colloquy and
written waiver of appeal, we find that there is an insufficient
basis upon which to conclude that defendant's waiver of his right
to appeal was knowing, voluntary and intelligent, as neither
adequately conveyed "that the right to appeal is separate and
distinct from those rights automatically forfeited upon a plea of
guilty" (People v Lopez, 6 NY3d 248, 256 ; see People v
Bradshaw, 18 NY3d 257, 264 ; People v Bressard, 112 AD3d
988, 988 , lv denied 22 NY3d 1137 ; People v Bouton,
107 AD3d 1035, 1036 , lv denied 21 NY3d 1072 ).
Further, although the written waiver bears the same date as the
plea proceeding, it was not mentioned during the plea or
sentencing proceedings, it was not executed by his counsel, and
there was no "attempt by the court to ascertain on the record an
acknowledgment from defendant that he had, in fact, signed the
waiver or that, if he had, he was aware of its contents" (People
v Callahan, 80 NY2d 273, 283 ; see People v Elmer, 19 NY3d
501, 510 ; People v Bradshaw, 18 NY3d at 265; cf. People v
McDuffie, 89 AD3d 1154, 1156 , lv denied 19 NY3d 964
Addressing the merits, we are not persuaded by defendant's
contention that his sentence was harsh and excessive. The plea
agreement permitted him to plead guilty to two reduced counts of
the four upon which he was indicted, and to obtain concurrent,
rather than consecutive, sentences of shorter duration than the
maximum allowed upon the charges as reduced. The plea agreement
did not include a promise by County Court to recommend the
Willard Drug Treatment Program; the People opposed such treatment
and, ultimately, following review of the presentence
investigation, County Court determined that it would not be
appropriate (see People v Tallman, 92 AD3d 1082, 1083 , lv
denied 20 NY3d 1065 ). As defendant received the promised
sentence, and the record fails to establish the presence of
extraordinary circumstances or an abuse of sentencing discretion,
we decline to reduce the sentence in the interest of justice (see
People v Ladieu, 105 AD3d 1265, 1266 , lv denied 21 NY3d
Finally, it is apparent upon review that there is a
clerical error in the uniform sentence and commitment form, as it
indicates that defendant was sentenced as a second felony
offender (see Penal Law § 70.06  [c];  [b]), rather than as
a second felony drug offender (see Penal Law § 70.70  [b]
[ii]), and it must be amended accordingly (see People v Vasavada,
93 AD3d 893, 894 , lv denied 19 NY3d 978 ; compare
People v Whalen, 101 AD3d 1167, 1170 , lv denied 20 NY3d
Peters, P.J., Rose, Egan Jr. and Clark, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, and matter remitted
for entry of an amended uniform sentence and commitment form.
Robert D. Mayberger
Clerk of the Court
Case Name: PeoplevPatterson
This case can be cited as precedent.