CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Youngstown attorneys avoided jail time for the federal conspiracy charges that they faced.
Neal Atway and Scott Cochran were each sentenced to probation in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Tuesday. Additionally, Atway will serve the first four months of his three-year probation on house arrest, with an electronic monitoring bracelet, and he was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. Cochran will pay $2,500, and he was sentenced to two years of probation, according to court records.
The attorneys were indicted by a federal grand jury in February of 2014, after they were accused of joining Mohd Rawhneh in attempting to obtain things of value from Charles Muth, who owned several convenience stores in the Youngstown area.
Atway was representing Muth in a case in which Muth went to Rawhneh’s house and fired shots into the residence. During court proceedings, Muth agreed to a plea deal, but investigators say that through Atway and Cochran, Rawhneh attempted to extort $50,000 from Muth in property, goods and cash.
Muth reported being threatened by Rawhneh on several occasions and said Atway agreed to keep him away from the trial if he paid Rawhneh off.
Several of the charges against Atway and Cochran were dismissed. Atway was convicted of one conspiracy against the rights charge and Cochran of misbehavior in court, according to court records.