Update on Donovan’s Custody Status

As you know, Donovan was given a 5 sentence that should amount to time served. He was taken back into custody after the hearing.
As we gathered in front of the courthouse, Donovan’s attorney told us that the typical routine is that he would be in for just a couple of days for ‘processing’ then he’d be free on probation.
It’s really no surprise that the DA’s games have resumed and Donovan is still in custody. We do believe this will be cleared up and he’ll be returned to us soon.
We’ll give you more details as soon as we have them and we’re free to do so, in the meantime, please stay vigilant. Keep sharing and talking about Donovan. Let’s let them know we’re still watching.
Once again, we thank you for your continued support

UPDATE 10/2/13
Donovan has been released and is safe in the arms of this family.
The battle is not completely finished. Please stay tuned.

UPDATE: 9/27/13
Donovan is no longer in solitary & progress is being made. We will update you as soon as we’re able.
THANK YOU

UPDATE: 9/23/13
The DA/DOC is claiming that Donovan ‘owes’ them 122 days of solitary confinement.
We’ll keep you updated to the best of our ability as things progress.
In the coming days we may be asking you to make calls and write more letters on Donovan’s behalf.
Please stay on alert.

Update on Donovan’s Sentence

Dearest Community,
Today the judge announced his decision to a room packed full of support for Donovan and his family.
Donovan’s sentence was not unexpected. He was given 5 years for the weapon possession charge. As you know, he has already served more than 5 years and this will be taken into account.
It was difficult to watch this young man, who we all love, taken back into custody. But we take heart knowing that this will only be for a few days while the bureaucracy is sorted out. He will be home soon with a new life ahead of him.
The judge made it clear that he was impressed by the great deal of community support behind Donovan. Know that you have made a difference in the life of this young man and his family.
We thank you.

Stand with Donovan on September 18

A message from Donovan DraytonAs you know, on July 25, Donovan was cleared of all but one lesser charge (gun possession).
read our statement on the verdicts here

This coming Wednesday, September 18, we gather together to learn the judge’s decision regarding sentencing on this charge.

We anticipate that the judge will consider the time Donovan has already spent in prison and factor in Donovan’s good character, vast community support & the involuntary circumstances that led to the gun being in his hands. We do not expect him to spend any more time behind bars, but we must remain vigilant and it’s vital that we fill the room to show our support for Donovan and his family.

Please join us!
The hearing is set to begin at 9:00 and we ask that you arrive by 8:45 to ensure that you will have a seat in the room. This should be a short day.

This will take place in the same building as the trial, but in a different room.

Queens County Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd. 
Kew Garden, NY 11415
Room 190 on the first floor
Judge James P. Griffin
Queens County Criminal Court Website

Parking:
A municipal parking lot is located behind the building at the intersection of 126th St. & 82nd Ave.

Directions:
The courthouse is located on Queens Blvd. at 82nd Ave., one block East of Union Tpke. From the West or North, get off the Grand Central Pkwy. or the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and go east on Queens Blvd. From the South, get off the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and the courthouse will be on the right.

Public Transportation
By Train – The “F” and “E” trains stop at Union Turnpike. The Courthouse is located one block East on Queens Boulevard.
By Bus – The Q46 and Q60 bus lines stop near the Courthouse.

Write A Letter of Support 4Donovan

Donovan returns to court on September 18, 2013 for sentencing related the single guilty verdict.
Follow this link for our statement on the verdicts: Victory 4Donovan

Attorney Michael Warren will be working to ensure that Donovan spends no more time behind bars. To support this effort, he will present the judge with letters of support from the community.

If you would like to add your voice, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Write from the heart about Donovan’s positive progress, good character, positive impact on our community and the time he’s already served.
    Express why you feel he should have the absolute minimum sentence.
    If you’re unsure about how to format your letter, you may find this link helpful:
    Write a Letter to a Judge at Wikihow
  2. Letters may be handwritten or typed. (most importantly, write from your heart)
  3. Mail your letters to Ronny by September 10, 2013
    Ronny Drayton
    150-63 115th Drive
    Jamaica, NY 11434
  4. Address your letters to:
    The Honorable James. P. Griffin
    The Supreme Court
    Criminal Term
    125-01 Queens Blvd
    K-18 4th Floor
    Kew Gardens, NY 11415

 **Please do not mail your letters directly to the judge**

Thank you for your continued love and support!

Victory 4Donovan!!

Kim lesley, Donovan & Ronny Drayton
Dear Supporters,

We are overjoyed to tell you that on July 25, 2013 Donovan Drayton was acquitted of all but one lesser charge. (possession of a weapon )

While we are disappointed that the jury did not include the weapon charge on the list of “Not Guilty” verdicts, we consider the verdicts as a whole to be a victory.
This has been a very long 6 years for Donovan, his family and those of us who love them.  The family is taking a break to rest, recover and rejoice.

In the meantime, we ask you to rejoice with us but know that we still need you to stay engaged.
We are set to return to court in September for a sentencing hearing.
We anticipate that the judge will consider the time Donovan has already spent in prison and factor in Donovan’s good character and vast community support. We do not expect him to spend any more time behind bars, but we must remain vigilant.
We will be asking you to write letters of support to the judge (Hon. Judge James P. Griffin) and attend the hearing. We’ll provide you with that information in the coming days.

There is also the matter of the great amount of debt that Ronny has incurred. If you wish to contribute to Donovan’s defense fund, please visit this page for information on our fundraising efforts.

With much love and gratitude,
Ronny, Kim, Donovan and the 4Donovan community.

The verdicts:

• Felony Murder : NOT GUILTY
• Two Counts of Attempted Robbery in the 1st: NOT GUILTY
• Attempted Robbery 2nd degree: NOT GUILTY
• Criminal Possession of a weapon: guilty

Verdicts from the first trial :

• First Degree Murder: NOT GUILTY
• Criminal Possession of a murder weapon: NOT GUILTY
• Manslaughter In The First Degree: : NOT GUILTY

The Verdict Is In!!

We’ll post details soon, but we do have good news for you!!

1. No need to come to court tomorrow

2.

Victory 4 Donovan

The Case Has Gone to Deliberation

The case went to the jury at about 5:30 this evening. (Wed, July 24)
They have gone home for the night and will return in the morning to deliberate.
THANK YOU for standing with Donovan and his family.
We had a beautiful turn out today and we are grateful.
We’ll post a bit more later.
‪#‎Justice4Donovan‬ !!

Edit: Thursday, July 25.

The jury is still deliberating. You are welcome to come to the courthouse to stand with the family as they await the verdicts.

Queens County Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd. 
Kew Garden, NY 11415
Part: K-18 (in the New Wing) 4th Floor
Judge James P. Griffin
website

Parking:
A municipal parking lot is located behind the building at the intersection of 126th St. & 82nd Ave.

Directions:
The courthouse is located on Queens Blvd. at 82nd Ave., one block East of Union Tpke. From the West or North, get off the Grand Central Pkwy. or the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and go east on Queens Blvd. From the South, get off the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and the courthouse will be on the right.

Public Transportation
By Train – The “F” and “E” trains stop at Union Turnpike. The Courthouse is located one block East on Queens Boulevard.
By Bus – The Q46 and Q60 bus lines stop near the Courthouse.

Closing Arguments Begin Wed July 24

A message from Donovan Drayton
Dearest Supporters,
We are nearly at the finish line!
Monday, July 22 was the final day of testimony.

We’re feeling optimistic that Michael Warren is bringing the truth to light.
A room full of love and support can only strengthen our case.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 24 at 9:30am for closing arguments.
Your presence in the courtroom is vital.  

Pleased come dressed to impress.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Queens County Criminal Court
125-01 Queens Blvd. 
Kew Garden, NY 11415
Part: K-18 (in the New Wing) 4th Floor
Judge James P. Griffin
website

Parking:
A municipal parking lot is located behind the building at the intersection of 126th St. & 82nd Ave.

Directions:
The courthouse is located on Queens Blvd. at 82nd Ave., one block East of Union Tpke. From the West or North, get off the Grand Central Pkwy. or the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and go east on Queens Blvd. From the South, get off the Van Wyck Exp. at the Queens Blvd. exit and the courthouse will be on the right.

Public Transportation
By Train – The “F” and “E” trains stop at Union Turnpike. The Courthouse is located one block East on Queens Boulevard.
By Bus – The Q46 and Q60 bus lines stop near the Courthouse.