Appellate Division, Fourth Department
People v. Dekenipp
Appealed from Ontario County Court
Background: The defendant was convicted of three charges relating to stealing property from a department store while his children were present. While attempting to leave, the defendant floored his vehicle in reverse, damaging another vehicle and striking the security guard. Among the issues raised on appeal were whether the sentences for robbery, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child could be consecutive.
Ruling: Judgment was modified by running the three sentences concurrently. The acts constituting endangering were not separate from the other. The acts of flooring the vehicle served as the basis for criminal mischief and for use of physical force element for robbery. The three sentences must therefore run concurrently.
David L. Abbatoy Jr. for the defendant; R. Michael Tantillo for the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office