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Russo's heading to prison, but for how long remains unknown
Former Cuyahoga  County aditor will get a reduction in sentence, but not until after the last of the big corruption cases is settled. 

Mark Urycki
Former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo
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For now, former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo is facing nearly 22 years in federal prison. And he’s to begin serving that sentence before Christmas.

But early next year, after the last of the trials associated with the massive county corruption case, U.S. District Judge Sarah Lioi will consider whether Russo’s sentence should be reduced.

Outside the federal courthouse where Lioi revoked Russo’s bond today, his attorney, Roger Synenberg said he doesn’t know quite how much of a reduction to ask for.

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“It’s something we haven’t had a chance to sit down and get our arms around yet. But, it’s well known, … Frank’s testified in three trials wherein the government’s gotten convictions. We would suggest to the court and to government that’s in large part due to Frank’s assistance. He’s assisted with anything they’ve asked him about. He’s been very cooperative throughout.”

Russo’s testimony was key in the convictions of his former friend and county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty. The last charges still pending are against Anthony Calabrese III, who's accused of steering the county's purchase of the AmeriTrust complex.


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