Monticello man sentenced to 15 years for robbery and conspiracy

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that Frank Drayton, 26, of Monticello, N.Y. was sentenced in Sullivan County Court today by Judge Stephan Schick to a total of 15 years in prison and 5 years of post-release supervision for the robbery of another man with what appeared to be a handgun in January 2016 at Shaker Heights Apartments in the Village of Monticello. 

Drayton was found guilty after a jury trial in July of the crimes of Robbery in the Second Degree (2 counts), class C violent felonies, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree (2 counts), class E felonies, and Resisting Arrest and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, misdemeanors.  Judge Schick sentenced Drayton to 15 years in state prison and 5 years of post-release supervision on each of the robberies, 2 to 4 years in prison on each of the conspiracy charges and 1 year in the Sullivan County Jail on the possession of stolen property and resisting arrest charges. 

The jury found that Drayton, acting together and in concert with four other men, violently robbed an individual inside the Shaker Heights housing complex in the Village of Monticello at about 10:40 PM on January 7, 2016.  During the robbery, the defendant displayed what appeared to be a firearm, threatening the victim with it, while the defendant and another participant in the robbery went through the victim’s pockets, stealing, among other items, cash and a cellular telephone. Evidence gathered by police following the robbery established that the gun brandished by this defendant was likely a starter pistol, a fact that could not have been known to the victim at the time of the robbery. One of the guns brandished at the victim was discharged during the robbery and no one was hurt.

Farrell thanked Chief Assistant District Attorney Meagan Galligan, who prosecuted the case for the DA’s Office, and the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, the Village of Monticello Police Department, the New York State Police, the Village of Liberty Police Department, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, who jointly investigated this case and apprehended this defendant who fled the police after a vehicle pursuit.   Farrell said, “This is yet another example of the excellent work of all of our law enforcement agencies, working together and in tandem, to bring this prosecution to a successful conclusion with a jury’s verdict of guilty and now a sentence of 15 years in prison.” 

Drayton who was on parole when he committed this robbery, was sentenced as a second felony offender having been previously convicted in Sullivan County Court in June of 2015 of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony.  DA Farrell said, “This defendant perpetrated a very serious crime by robbing the victim at gunpoint and has now been held responsible and accountable for his crimes with the imposition of the maximum sentence allowed by the law for this robbery – 15 years in state prison.  My office and all of law enforcement in Sullivan County will continue to vigorously pursue violent felons who disrupt and destroy the peace in our community.”

 

 

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