Judge reduces prison sentence for former Cuyahoga County auditor Frank Russo by 8 years

Judge reduces prison sentence for former Cuyahoga County auditor Frank Russo by 8 years
Courtroom sketch showing Frank Russo (Source: WOIO)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Former Cuyahoga County auditor Frank Russo appeared in federal court Thursday morning to request a reduced prison sentence.

Judge Sara Lioi heard arguments on how Russo should receive a reduced sentence because of his cooperation during the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation handled by the FBI and IRS.

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Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Russo, now 69 years old, was initially sentenced to 22 years in 2012. He was also ordered to pay more than $7 million in restitution fees.

During Thursday’s hearing that lasted more than two hours, Judge Lioi reduced his sentence by eight years. That means Russo will serve eight more years on top of the six that he has already spent behind bars.

Cameras were not allowed in the federal courtroom, but a Cleveland 19 News artist provided sketches during the judicial proceedings.

The former executive appeared via video conference for Thursday’s hearing from a prison medical facility in Massachusetts. Cleveland 19 News reporter Paul Orlousky, who was in the courtroom, said Russo appeared frail and inhaled oxygen from a machine at one point during the hearing.

Russo previously testified against former Cuyahoga County commissioner Jimmy Dimora, stating that they took more than $1 million in bribes and gifts in exchange for country contracts and jobs.

This story will be updated.

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