Defendant is a violent predicate felon. On June 6, 1996, he entered a plea of guilty to the crime of assault in the second degree pursuant to Penal Law, Sec. 120.05(7), a subdivision which is applicable to assaults committed inside a prison facility. A New York Criminal Lawyer said he had been charged with three counts of this crime for viciously assaulting three correction officers with a sharpened toothbrush while being housed at the Rikers Island Correction Facility. At the time, he was incarcerated there under an earlier New York County indictment to answer for the crime of attempted rape in the first degree, more specifically, for forcibly throwing a woman to the ground on 42nd Street while shouting obscenities, demanding sexual intercourse and threatening death. With respect to the attempted rape charge, defendant, one-and-one-half years prior to the entry of the within plea entered a plea of guilty in satisfaction thereof. Despite the elapsation, now, of two years, he has yet to be sentenced in New York County.
A New York Criminal Lawyer said that, notwithstanding, and following four monthly adjournments before this bench, he claims a violation of C.P.L. 380.30(1), moving to divest the Court of jurisdiction that his conviction be vacated and the accusatory instrument dismissed. Defendant contends a failure to pronounce sentence “without unreasonable delay” has prejudiced him. By way of explanation, he sets forth that the 24 months of postponements of sentencing in New York County has been by acquiescence. The Court denied his motion.
The issue in this case is whether defendant is entitled to the dismissal of his case on the ground of failure to pronounce sentence without unreasonable delay.