Feds ask for hearing to reduce Frank Russo's sentence

1:48 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- The U.S. Attorney's office has asked U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi to schedule a hearing to reduce former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's 21-year sentence.

U.S. Attorneys say they will make a specific sentence recommendation at that hearing.

Federal officials have a plea agreement with Russo that he would assist them in their investigations with information and also testify against other defendants as required.

In return, federal officials would not prosecute other Russo family members, except for his son Vince, who had already been indicted when the plea agreement was made.

Federal officials would also ask Lioi to reduce his sentence after his full cooperation.

Frank Russo was to testify against his former deputy auditor Samir Mohammad, whose own trial was to begin Tuesday, but Mohammad pleaded guilty Monday, avoiding a trial.

According to court documents:

  • Defendant pleaded guilty to an information on September 16, 2010, and was sentenced to a term of 262 months on December 15, 2010
  • The judgment was entered on December 29, 2010, and was amended on January 4, 2010
  • At sentencing, the United States indicated that Defendant was in the early stages of cooperating in the investigation
  • On Dec. 14, 2011, the court was asked to defer ruling on said motion until defendant's cooperation was substantially complete.
  • Federal officials are now informing the court that defendant's cooperation is substantially complete.

Federal officials said they were "available for such hearing any time prior to October 25, 2012."  

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