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February 1, 2014

Prosecution, defense rest in Donah trial



The last person to testify was Robin Bresette, who said she was at the birthday party that Donah and his then-girlfriend had attended together at Meron’s bar in Plattsburgh.

The alleged victim had previously testified that Donah had “slammed” her head into the center console of his truck after they left the bar.

Bresette said she had seen Donah’s ex drinking alcohol at the party and saw her fall while she was dancing with her and some others.

After the woman fell, she said, “The speaker was falling over, and the DJ came over to catch the speaker, and we helped her (Donah’s ex) up.”


Then Bresette spoke about a time in February 2013 when she had seen Donah’s ex at Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh.

The witness testified that the woman had told her that she had heard Donah was dating someone else and then told her that “‘he was jeopardizing (the new girlfriend’s health) and that he was going to pay for it.’”

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford asked Bresette if she had told police in her February 2013 statement that the alleged victim said Donah was going to “pay for it.”

Bresette replied no, then, “that doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t say it.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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