U.S. District Attorney asks for reduced sentence for Frank Russo

CLEVELAND - Assistant U.S. District Attorney Antoinette Bacon has asked U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Lioi to reduce the sentence of former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.

A hearing has been requested to discuss the matter, as attorneys say Russo has cooperated with the investigation.

Russo pleaded guilty on Sept. 10, 2010 to corruption charges and was sentenced to spend 262 months in jail. He's been a free man as part of a deal to testify against others involved in the scandal that rocked the county.

A hearing date has not been set, but must take place before Oct. 25.

The motion comes after a top aide for Russo pleaded guilty Monday morning to bribery and four other charges. Samir Mohammad faces 20 years in prison and will be sentenced on Jan. 4. He was the last of 50 defendants who have either pleaded guilty or been convicted in the corruption scandal.

Russo was one of the key players involved in the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation that busted several county officials, including former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

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