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March 27, 2014

Third trial date set for Donah

PLATTSBURGH — Trevor J. Donah’s third trial will begin on May 12 with a new defense attorney.

A jury found the Plattsburgh man guilty of four misdemeanors and not guilty of two felonies, including rape, and one misdemeanor in a February trial involving a former girlfriend.

For his final trial, Donah faces three felony counts: first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment.


State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said police could not say whether Donah is still employed as a trooper because of a gag order that was put in place by Judge Patrick McGill at the start of the second trial.

Donah, who for five years was assigned to the Plattsburgh barracks, was arrested by the State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Feb. 5, 2013, and was initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape involving two women.

He was indicted on a total of 13 counts a few days later, with charges, including attempted rape, involving three women.

Donah was suspended without pay until early March 2013, when he was placed on paid leave.


In his second trial, Donah was found not guilty of first-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse, the two most serious charges against him in that case.

He was also found not guilty on one of the two counts of third-degree assault.

However, the jury found the 33-year-old Plattsburgh man guilty of four misdemeanors: third-degree assault, two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Donah’s sentencing is scheduled for April 25.


In his first trial, which began in late October 2013, Donah was found not guilty of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault, all felonies.

Like the second trial, that case involved a former girlfriend.

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