Breaking News: McNally, Sciortino Take Plea Deals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –John A. McNally will continue to serve as the city’s mayor as part of a plea deal accepted this morning, one business day before his trial was to begin in connection with the Oakhill Renaissance Place corruption case.

Also accepting a plea deal was former Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino.

The plea deals were first reported by

According to the newspaper, McNally will plead guilty to four misdemeanors, pay a $3,500 fine and cooperate with prosecutors. He will not spend any time in prison.

Sciortini will plead guilty to one felony and two misdemeanors, and agree not to hold any public position for seven years. He also will cooperate with prosecutors and not spend any time in prison.

The third person charged in the Oakhill case is attorney Martin Yavorcik.

The plea deals came as evidentiary hearings were scheduled to begin this morning before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Janet R. Burnside.

Among the charges lodged against McNally, Sciortino and Yavorcik were engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy and perjury.

The case centers on the decision to relocate Mahoning County’s Department of Job and Family Services from a retail plaza on the city’s east side to Oakhill Renaissance Place, formerly Southside Hospital. The retail plaza was owned by the Cafaro Co. and prosecutors claimed McNally, Sciortino and Yavorcik illegally acted in the Cafaro Co.’s interests in attempting to thwart the relocation.

Pictured: Mayor John McNally.

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