The Fourth Department determined there should not be more than one SORA risk assessment for convictions stemming from the same course of conduct and based upon the same Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI). The first risk assessment was in Allegany County and designated defendant a level two risk. The second risk assessment was in Cattaraugus County and designated defendant a level three risk based upon the evidence. The Cattaraugus County assessment was vacated:
… [D]efendant was convicted in Cattaraugus County Court upon his plea of guilty of attempted sodomy in the second degree and, that same year, he was convicted in Allegany County Court upon his plea of guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree. The convictions stemmed from a course of conduct against one victim that occurred in both jurisdictions. Defendant was sentenced in both cases and, prior to his release from prison, Allegany County Court held a proceeding to determine his risk level designation under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) (Correction Law § 168 et seq.) and designated him a level two risk. Cattaraugus County Court subsequently held a SORA proceeding utilizing a risk assessment instrument (RAI) and case summary that were substantively identical to those used in the Allegany County SORA proceeding, but designated defendant a level three risk. On a prior appeal … , we affirmed the order of Cattaraugus County Court designating him a level three risk.
“Where, as here, a single RAI addressing all relevant conduct is prepared, the goal of assessing the risk posed by the offender is fulfilled by a single SORA adjudication. To hold otherwise—that is, to permit multiple risk level determinations based on conduct included in a single RAI—would result in redundant proceedings and constitute a waste of judicial resources” … . In order to prevent multiple courts from reaching conflicting conclusions based on the same RAI, “one—and only one—sentencing court should render a risk level determination based on all conduct contained in the RAI” … . Inasmuch as the Cattaraugus County SORA proceeding was duplicative, we reverse the order and vacate defendant’s risk level determination by Cattaraugus County Court … . People v Miller, 2020 NY Slip Op 00766, Fourth Dept 1-31-20