The nephew of former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly was convicted last week of felony gun charges for a second time but he’s still working for the city as a meter repairman, a city spokeswoman said today.William Lovan, a 28-year-old Concord man, pleaded no contest last week to a felony charge of carrying a concealed and unregistered firearm in a car after being contacted by Oakland police in June 2008 as part of their investigation into the activities of the Acorn drug gang. Oakland police describe it as the city’s worst gang and claim that Lovan is a member. Prosecutor John Brouhard said Lovan’s plea agreement calls for him to be placed on five years’ probation and serve up to one year in Alameda County jail.Brouhard said it will be up to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson to decide how much time Lovan serves, if any, when he sentences Lovan on Dec. 1. Adante Pointer, Lovan’s attorney, said after Lovan entered his plea that Lovan hopes to maintain his employment with the city. But Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente said today that, “We should be ashamed of ourselves” that Lovan still works for the city.De La Fuente said Lovan “should have been terminated a long time ago” but he thinks Lovan is getting special treatment because of his connection with Edgerly.City of Oakland spokeswoman Karen Boyd said she isn’t sure if there is a policy about whether convicted felons can work for the city. She referred a reporter to the Oakland City Attorney’s Office for details on the city’s policy, but officials in that office have been unavailable for comment. Lovan’s case generated controversy when Oakland police disclosed in a report that Edgerly had gone to the scene when police stopped him near a liquor store in the 1200 block of Market Street about 10:30 p.m. on June 7, 2008.
According to the police report, Edgerly told police officers that Lovan was her nephew and she was on the phone with Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan and would be contacting the department’s internal affairs division over the matter.Lovan was arrested 10 days later when 400 officers from Oakland and 16 other law enforcement agencies arrested 54 alleged Acorn gang members as part of a three-month probe called “Operation Nutcracker.”A spokesman for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said at the time that Dellums was looking into allegations that Edgerly may have interfered with a police investigation, but Edgerly was never charged with a crime.Dellums fired Edgerly on July 2, 2008. Edgerly has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city that is still pending.Prosecutors subpoenaed Edgerly to testify in Lovan’s case and she was present in court when Lovan entered his plea last week.In return for Lovan’s plea, the district attorney’s office dropped a second felony charge, which alleged that Lovan was carrying an unregistered loaded weapon when he was questioned by police.Prosecutors also dropped two gang-enhancement clauses against Lovan. According to court records, Lovan pleaded no contest on Nov. 3, 2000, to felony possession of assault weapons. He could have faced up to three years in state prison, but in a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office that was approved by Judge Gail Brewster-Bereola he was placed on three years’ probation and didn’t have to serve any jail time, except for three days following his arrest on Aug. 20, 2000.Three years later, on Sept. 19, 2003, Judge Larry Goodman agreed to reduce Lovan’s conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor. Pointer said Lovan’s prior conviction isn’t relevant to his current case because “it was expunged” and won’t count as a prior conviction for sentencing purposes.
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