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Drayman may not serve full year sentence

Convicted former councilman could see time in jail cut due to state prison realignment and other factors.

April 08, 2014|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • Ex-Glendale Mayor John Drayman, with his attorney Sean McDonald, at his sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Ex-Glendale Mayor John Drayman, with his attorney Sean… (Tim Berger / Glendale…)

Former Councilman John Drayman, who has been convicted of embezzlement, is expected to be released from Los Angeles County jail on Sept. 26, which would cut the one-year sentence he received on Monday roughly in half.

His time behind bars could be shortened even more if he takes educational classes, serves food or takes other jobs in the jail, said Nicole Nishida, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday after Drayman’s projected release date was posted on the sheriff’s website.

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Due to state prison realignment, inmates convicted of nonviolent or nonsexual crimes could have their sentences reduced in half, Nishida said, adding that Drayman’s projected release date could change again.

The possibly shortened stint in jail comes despite Los Angeles Superior Court Judge calling Drayman “appalling” during his sentencing hearing because he didn’t show remorse for betraying the public trust.

“In common parlance, you’re a crook,” Marcus said before sentencing him to one year in jail and five years of probation.

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Drayman, who was shaking during his sentencing and as he was handcuffed to be taken into custody, declined to comment before and during the hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

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In addition to embezzlement, Drayman pleaded guilty last month to two other felonies — filing false tax returns related to the embezzlement and perjury.

He has been assigned to Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, according to his booking report.

He must make restitution payments of roughly $305,000 to the business group he stole from and pay back about $14,000 to the California Franchise Tax Board.

Drayman didn’t admit to an exact amount that he embezzled, but, in May 2012 he was indicted for allegedly misappropriating 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. The market is operated by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., a business promotions group.

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

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