The Second Department affirmed defendant’s attempted murder conviction, noting that proof of attempted murder does not require proof of serious injury, or any injury at all. The court further noted that the complainant was not under the People’s control and therefore the request for the missing witness jury instruction was properly denied. Defendant, however, was not properly sentenced:
… [W]e note that while none of the complainant’s injuries in this case were life-threatening, “the crime of attempted murder does not require actual physical injury to a victim at all” … . Here, the forensic evidence showing that two separate knives were used in the attack, coupled with the fact that the defendant, still holding a knife, chased the complainant outside the apartment complex and broke off his attack only after a bystander intervened, provides factually sufficient evidence of the defendant’s intent to kill.
Contrary to the defendant’s contentions, the County Court properly declined to give a missing witness charge with regard to the complainant, as the record reflects that the complainant was not under the People’s control … . …
The sentencing minutes do not establish that the County Court asked the defendant whether he wished to controvert any allegations made in the statement filed pursuant to CPL 400.16(2) … . Accordingly, we vacate the sentences and remit the matter to the County Court, Suffolk County, for resentencing in accordance with CPL 400.16 … . People v Gunn, 2019 NY Slip Op 07279, Second Dept 10-9-19