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Former Glendale councilman sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail

April 07, 2014
  • Former Glendale Mayor John Drayman, after he was sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail, is put in handcuffs by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy with his lawyer Sean McDonald at his side at Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014. Drayman was sentenced for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence is 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees.
Former Glendale Mayor John Drayman, after he was sentenced… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

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.

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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.

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His supporters declined to comment.‎ As he was escorted out of the courtroom, Drayman hunched over in his gray suit and tie.

Drayman served as Glendale's mayor in 2008 and 2009. He was on City Council between 2007 and 2011.

‎Drayman agreed to the plea deal last month after Marcus rejected two other propositions from him because they did not include enough time behind bars. Drayman's first offer featured none and his second suggested 90 days.

While he was indicted on 28 counts, Drayman only pleaded guilty to three of them in exchange for a one-year jail sentence, five years of probation and restitution payments of about $305,000 to the business promotions group that runs the farmer's market and $14,000 to the California Franchise Tax Board. In addition to embezzlement, he also pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns as a result of his theft and perjury.

Authorities have said he embezzled money from the business group, called the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. while he collected money from vendors at the Sunday Harvest Market held along Honolulu Avenue.

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