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Drayman serves eight days in jail

The former councilman will spend the rest of his sentence at home with an ankle monitor.

April 16, 2014|By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans | By Brittany Levine and Dan Evans
  • Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being sentenced, is taken into custody in handcuffs by a Los Angles Sheriff's Department deputy in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence was 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees, but spent only eight days in jail and will serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.
Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Victims of former Councilman John Drayman’s embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody — an expected total of six weeks — in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail.

Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars, but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half. It was cut once again Wednesday afternoon.

“We spent three years working with the police and the district attorney's office trying to bring this man to justice and there's no justice,” said Dale Dawson, business administrator for the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., the organization from which Drayman had been accused of stealing more than $304,000 over seven years.

Drayman is set to be under home confinement, which requires him to wear an electronic monitor around his ankle, through May 18, which is his projected release date, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s website. That would be less than two months since he was taken into custody.

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Drayman pleaded guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns.. His reduced sentence was a result of state prison realignment and overcrowding, authorities have said.

Drayman was released on Tuesday afternoon from Men’s Central Jail and transferred to his Montrose condominium overlooking a grassy hillside after Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Probation Department officials determined he should be placed in alternative custody. He was given home confinement because he scored well on a risk assessment, said Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department Lt. Jason Wolak.

Inmates must pay $300 for the electronic bracelet, Wolak said, and normally about $20 per day for the monitoring, though the actual cost is calculated by a sliding scale based on an inmate's ability to pay.

Ken Grayson, a board member of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., was just as shocked as Dawson.

“I don't understand the system,” he said.

Former Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, who was in charge when the Glendale Police Department investigated Drayman's embezzlement from the shopping park association’s weekly farmers market, called Drayman's short time behind bars representative of the failures of state prison realignment rules known as AB109.

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