PLATTSBURGH — Family and friends of David and Lorraine Donivan were visibly relieved after the jury found Edward Dashnaw guilty of the well-known couple's violent deaths."It'll never bring Dave and Lorrie back, but it's a relief that he was found guilty," said Mr. Donivan's cousin Gary Donivan, who has attended every day of the nearly three-month-long trial."He's not going to be able to do anything to anyone again," he said Monday after the verdict was read.Family and friends thanked District Attorney Andrew Wylie and local State Police for all of their hard work.
Mrs. Donivan's sister Trudy Viscusi, reached in Arizona, was elated to hear the verdict finally came through."I'm so ecstatic. It was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders," Viscusi said Monday evening."I still don't understand why (Dashnaw) did it, and he's never shown any remorse. But the (jury) did their job, and they did it right," she said, adding that Mrs. Donivan's other family members were also relieved to hear of the verdict."She didn't deserve to die that way, but she's in a better place now," she said tearfully.
Dashnaw showed no emotion when the verdict was read, but his mother and girlfriend later voiced their displeasure with the jury's decision."We didn't expect a fair trial, and we were expecting this," said Dashnaw's long-time girlfriend, Liesl Fox, who maintained his innocence. "People just have to feel safe and feel like justice was served, but it wasn't Edward (who did it)."Dashnaw's mother, Consetta "Connie" Fayette, echoed those sentiments, adding that, "He trusted the jury more than we did, but we thought this might happen. People just want to feel like they're safe.""It just means our fight has just begun," Fox said afterward, adding that they plan to appeal the verdict. "He is innocent."