Jury reaches verdict in Yavorcik trial

The jury deliberated for about five hours on Thursday

attorney Martin Yavorcik.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cuyahoga County jury found Youngstown-area former attorney Marty Yavorcik guilty of all charges, with the exception of one count of tampering with evidence.

Yavorcik was convicted of engaging in a pattern of corruption, conspiracy, tampering with records, three counts of bribery and two counts of money laundering.

The jury remained deadlocked on one charge, but the state agreed to dismiss that count.

The jury deliberated for about five hours on Thursday. They got the case at 10:30 a.m.

Yavorcik will remain free on bond until a sentencing hearing on April 22. The charges do not include a mandatory prison time.

Yavrocik was accused of promising to curtail the Oakhill corruption investigation if he would have been elected Mahoning County prosecutor in 2008 — all in exchange for tens of thousands in campaign contributions from members of the Cafaro mall development family.

The other two defendants in the case, Youngstown Mayor John McNally and former Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino, have entered guilty pleas in the case as part of a plea deal and are to be sentenced on Monday morning.

Yavorcik said Friday that he was disappointed by the verdict.

“I thought we did well. I didn’t think the government proved their case, but the jury thought otherwise, and I respect that. But that’s why we have an appeals court,” he said.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said, however, the jury made the right decision.

“Obviously the jury saw there was a conspiracy,” he said. “I want to thank Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty for accepting this case and see that justice is done,” he said.

 

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