Former Councilman John Drayman was shaking as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday morning after he was sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail.
Drayman, who pleaded guilty last month to three felonies, including embezzlement, remained tight-lipped during the hearing, even after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called him the “former disgraced Glendale mayor” and bashed him for not showing remorse during court proceedings.
“In common parlance, you're a crook,” he said.
The sentencing caps more than two years of legal proceedings since Drayman was indicted in May 2012 for allegedly embezzling at least $304,000 between 2004 and 2011 from a local farmer’s market he helped run both before and after he was in office.
Before his sentencing began, Drayman received hugs and pats on the back from his supporters, Bill Weisman, a former city commissioner, and Glendale residents Sharon and Robert Thompson. His partner, Jeff Decker, wiped tears from his eyes just minutes before entering the courtroom.