Niagara County District Attorney's Press Release Regarding Donovan Plea

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 4:10 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

July 29, 2010 Updated Jul 29, 2010 at 4:10 PM EDT

Niagara County District Attorney Released a statement to Eyewitness News following the case involving Sara Donovan. Police arrested Donovan on July 11th and say her blood alcohol level was .13 when she smashed into two parked vehicles on Payne Avenue. The 23-year-old is the daughter of North Tonawanda Council Member Nancy Donovan.

Press Release:

"Much has been said and written of my decision in the case involving Sara Donovan. Cases involving DWI are always taken very seriously by this office, especially those involving a property damage crash. And while I am required to administer justice evenly, I must review all the of relevant facts surrounding an arrest and treat each case individually and each person as an individual.

Plea offers such as the one involved in this case have occurred in the past and may very well occur in the future where a disposition outside the usual and common practice serve the interest of justice. The practice of plea bargaining at all court levels occurs on a daily basis and while some of those plea bargains may seem unusual to some citizens of Niagara County, I can assure you that the safety and well-being of all of the citizens of Niagara County is my utmost concern.

Unfortunately, in the case of Sara Donovan, the fact that this young woman is the daughter of a public official is drawing more attention than it would if this case involved the average citizen.

I will not make it a practice to explain or justify my decisions to the press in regards to plea bargain offers made by this office, however, I do not want the negative publicity of one case to overshadow the hard work and dedication of this office and all of the positive work done in the hundreds of cases handled on a daily basis."

-Michael Violante
Niagara County District Attorney