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People v. Skerritt, 2015 NY Slip Op 03882

Summary of Case- In this criminal appeal, the appellate court vacated the restitution portion of the defendant's sentence. The defendant had plead guilty to one count of burglary with the understanding that she would not be prosecuted on other counts of burglary if she paid restitution. Pursuant to the agreement, the defendant did not have to pay restitution for the burglary on which she was convicted. The defendant appealed on the basis that the requirement to pay restitution was illegal under the circumstances. The appellate court agreed stating that penal law only allows for restitution on crimes for which a defendant is convicted.


People v Skerritt

2015 NY Slip Op 03882

Decided on May 7, 2015

Appellate Division, Third Department

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided and Entered: May 7, 2015





Calendar Date: March 26, 2015

Before: Peters, P.J., Lahtinen, Rose and Devine, JJ.

David E. Woodin, Catskill, for appellant.

Joseph Stanzione, District Attorney, Catskill (Danielle D. McIntosh of counsel), for respondent.

Devine, J.


Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Greene County (Tailleur, J.), rendered July 12, 2013, convicting defendant upon her plea of guilty of the crime of burglary in the second degree.

Defendant was charged in an indictment with one count of burglary in the second degree, arising out of a February 1, 2012 incident wherein she and an accomplice broke into a residence with larcenous intent. She pleaded guilty as charged and waived her right to appeal upon the understanding that, while she would not be prosecuted for any additional burglaries that she admitted to committing, she would be obliged to pay any restitution owed as a result of them. Defendant thereafter entered into a stipulation that did not require restitution for the offense that she had pleaded guilty to, but did commit her to pay restitution

for two additional burglaries. County Court sentenced her to a prison term of five years to be followed by postrelease supervision of five years, and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $30,467.48. Defendant now appeals, asserting that the award of restitution was illegal.

Initially, defendant is challenging the legality of a component of her sentence, an argument that is not barred by either her consent to the amount of restitution imposed or her appeal waiver (see People v Pump, 67 AD3d 1041, 1042 [2009], lv denied 13 NY3d 941 [2010]; People v Casiano, 8 AD3d 761, 762 [2004]). As to the merits, Penal Law § 60.27 permits a trial court to require restitution arising from "the offense for which a defendant was convicted, as well [*2]as any other offense that is part of the same criminal transaction or that is contained in any other accusatory instrument disposed of by any plea of guilty by the defendant to an offense" (Penal Law § 60.27 [4] [a]; see People v Horne, 97 NY2d 404, 412 [2002]; People v Diallo, 88 AD3d 1152, 1154 [2011], lv denied 18 NY3d 993 [2012]). The sole accusatory instrument here was the one-count indictment to which defendant pleaded guilty, and there is no dispute that restitution was ordered for crimes bearing no connection to the burglary for which defendant was convicted (compare People v Palella, 148 AD2d 838, 838-839 [1989], lv denied 74 NY2d 795 [1989]; People v Prewett, 126 AD2d 86, 89-90 [1987], lv dismissed 70 NY2d 693 [1987]). The People thus concede, and we agree, that the restitution portion of defendant's sentence must be vacated (see People v Casiano, 8 AD3d at 762-763; People v Miller, 251 AD2d 747, 748 [1998]). Inasmuch as the parties are in agreement that further proceedings are unnecessary, we perceive no need to remit this matter to County Court (see CPL 470.20; People v LaSalle, 95 NY2d 827, 829 [2000]; cf. People v Casiano, 8 AD3d at 762-763).

Peters, P.J., Lahtinen and Rose, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is modified, on the law, by reversing so much thereof as directed defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $30,467.48, and, as so modified, affirmed.

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