By Kevin Deutsch
An immigrant convicted of robbery in the Bronx saw his conviction overturned last month on the grounds the trial court failed to warn him he could be deported if he pleaded guilty, records show.
Jose Bermudez pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in 2013 and received a sentence of 3½ years imprisonment. The state Appellate Division’s First Department reversed that conviction on June 25, after Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio found there was a “reasonable possibility” Bermudez would not have pleaded guilty had the trial court advised him of the possibility of deportation.
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office did not challenge Fabrizio’s ruling, the appellate court said.
The ruling means Bermudez’s case will now return to the trial court.