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Guilty Verdicts Returned in Domestic Violence Trial

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

September 27, 2021



Guilty Verdicts Returned in 

Domestic Violence Trial

ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that DUSTIN DONOVAN, 30, of Schenectady, was found guilty after a jury trial of (1) Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, (1) Count of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, (1) Count of Reckless Endangerment First Degree, a Class D Felony, and (1) Count of Criminal Tampering in the Third Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor, before the Honorable Andra Ackerman in Albany County Court on September 23, 2021.

After hearing testimony at trial, a jury concluded that on November 9, 2019, DONOVAN tampered with property of a dating partner with the intent to cause her substantial inconvenience after she ended their relationship and was trying to leave their residence. The next day, DONOVAN drove to the victim’s parent’s home in the Town of Colonie and proceeded to intentionally crash his vehicle into the victim’s car, which was parked in the roadway. The force of the crash severely damaged the victim’s vehicle, and resulted in DONOVAN’s car catching on fire. DONOVAN also crashed into a National Grid utility pole, causing over $15,000 in damage.

DONOVAN faces up to 7 years in State Prison when sentenced on November 23, 2021.

Assistant District Attorney Caroline Murray of the Special Victims Unit handled the prosecution of this case.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]