3rd defendant to be sentenced in Youngstown corruption probe

CLEVELAND (AP) — A one-time county prosecutor candidate is set to be sentenced on charges associated with a long-running corruption probe in the Youngstown area.

Forty-two-year-old Martin Yavorcik (yuh-VOR’-sik) will be sentenced Friday in the same Cleveland courtroom where a jury convicted him last month of racketeering, bribery, conspiracy and tampering with records.

Yavorcik represented himself at trial. He and others were accused of having roles in an unsuccessful effort to stop the move of county offices from a building owned by a wealthy Youngstown-area businessman.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally and former Mahoning (mah-HOH’-ning) County Auditor Michael Sciortino (shor-TEEN’-oh) received probation last month after a plea deal.

Prosecutors say Yavorcik offered to drop a criminal probe of McNally and Sciortino if he were elected prosecutor.

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