Appellate court affirms two Ulster County Court convictions

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KINGSTON – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of Ulster County Court in the denial of youthful offender status for Walter Price. He pled guilty in February 2015 to a reduced charge of criminal sexual act after his original 2007 plea was vacated by the appellate court.
Price appealed Judge Donald Williams’ denial of his youthful offender request, but the appellate court rejected his appeal.
In an unrelated case, the appellate court rejected the appeal of Fateen Akbar, who pled guilty in May 2014 to criminal sale of a controlled substance as a felony for selling heroin on three separate occasions.  At the time of his plea, Akbar agreed to waive his right to appeal and Judge Williams agreed to impose a prison sentence of seven years with three years of post-release supervision. At sentencing, the court sentenced Akbar, a second felony offender, to six years in prison and three years of post-release supervision.
Akbar filed a notice of appeal, but the appellate court ruled there were no non-frivolous issues which could be raised and affirmed the conviction.