People v RhodafoxAnnotate this Case
Decided on December 31, 2015 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, CENTRA, PERADOTTO, AND CARNI, JJ.
1414 KA 13-00674
[*1]THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
LASHAWN RHODAFOX, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
FRANK H. HISCOCK LEGAL AID SOCIETY, SYRACUSE (PHILIP ROTHSCHILD OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
WILLIAM J. FITZPATRICK, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SYRACUSE (JAMES P. MAXWELL OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Onondaga County Court (John H. Crandall, A.J.), rendered January 24, 2013. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (Penal Law § 265.03 ), defendant contends that County Court erred in refusing to suppress a handgun seized from his bedroom. We reject that contention. The record establishes that probation officers of an individual with whom defendant shared his residence conducted a warrantless search of the residence, and that a police officer had entered the residence after being notified that probation officers had discovered evidence of illegal drugs. The handgun was seized during the subsequent execution of a search warrant obtained by the police. Contrary to defendant's contention, the court properly concluded that there was probable cause for the issuance of the warrant based on information obtained by the police independent of the police officer's unlawful entry into defendant's bedroom during the warrantless search (see People v Arnau, 58 NY2d 27, 33, cert denied 468 US 1217). We likewise reject defendant's contention that there was an insufficient basis for issuance of the warrant to search the entire residence, including his bedroom. We conclude that "[t]he information in the [search warrant] application was indicative of an ongoing drug operation at defendant's residence, and thus the application established probable cause to believe that a search of defendant's residence would result in evidence of drug activity' " (People v
Casolari, 9 AD3d 894, 895, lv denied 3 NY3d 672).
Entered: December 31, 2015
Frances E. Cafarell
Clerk of the Court