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July 1, 2014

State Court of Appeals denies review of Dashnaw case

Court of Appeals refuses evaluation of ruling on double murder in Schuyler Falls

PLATTSBURGH — The New York State Court of Appeals has officially denied review of the previous ruling in Edward Dashnaw’s convictions for the December 2005 murders of David and Lorraine Donivan of Schuyler Falls.

By denying a review of the case, the Court of Appeals has essentially upheld the State Appellate Division Third Department’s April 2014 ruling, according to a press release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

“I am very happy that the Court of Appeals refused to entertain this motion and agreed with the Third Department that there is no legal reason why these convictions should not stand and that the defendant’s life sentence should remain intact,” District Attorney Andrew Wylie said in the release.

The Plattsburgh man had first gone to trial for the double slaying in 2007 and was found guilty.

But Dashnaw was granted the second trial after an appeals court in 2011 reversed that conviction. He was found guilty then of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, and three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to life without parole.

Dashnaw, 45, appealed his conviction to the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division after his 2011 retrial.

The Court of Appeals is the highest appellate review court in New York state.

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