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April 26, 2014

Donah gets two years in jail

Man faces rape charges in one more trial, in May

PLATTSBURGH — Trevor J. Donah was sentenced Friday to two years in Clinton County Jail for crimes against a former girlfriend.

He was convicted in February on three misdemeanor charges.

As Donah’s victim watched, Clinton County Court Judge Patrick McGill handed down the sentence — a year in jail for third-degree assault and, to be served consecutively, a year for two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing/blood circulation. 

Donah was also sentenced to another year, to be served concurrently, for second-degree unlawful imprisonment of the ex-girlfriend; that charge is also a misdemeanor.

He left the courtroom in handcuffs.

This sentence, which is the maximum allowed, is for convictions in the second of three trials for the 33-year-old Plattsburgh man, who, when he was arrested in February 2013, had been a state trooper for five years.

‘LIFE ON HOLD’

Before he was sentenced, Donah addressed the court for the first time, reading from a prepared statement.

“I stand before you and this court an innocent man,” he said, admitting, however, that he “may not be perfect.

“My life ... has been on hold for over a year,” he said, speaking of job offers he has had that he wished to pursue.

State Police previously told the Press-Republican that they could not say whether Donah is still employed as a trooper because of a gag order that was put in place by McGill at the start of the second trial.

Donah showed little reaction as the judge announced his punishment, but his expression turned sad as he was handcuffed to leave the courtroom.

Before the court officer led him away, he glanced back at his fiancee and his mother.

‘DESTROYED SELF-ESTEEM’

Earlier in the court session, Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford, appointed as special prosecutor for the three trials, referenced a letter from the victim, saying she wrote about how Donah’s treatment of her “sucked the life out of her” and “destroyed her self-esteem.”

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