He’s only a former member because they kicked him out when he was arrested in 2013.
Despite impassioned pleas from family and friends of former Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro, a Delaware County Court judge on Monday sent him to jail.
Schiliro was sentenced to 10 to 20 months for an alcohol-fueled episode last February in which he had a police car bring a former neighbor – a 20-year-old to whom he said he was attracted – to his home, made him drink wine, and refused to let him leave for 31/2 hours.
During the encounter, Schiliro threatened to kill himself and fired a gun into a stack of papers. The man eventually left and later called police.
In addition, Schiliro received five years of probation and 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $1,300 in fines and court costs. He is eligible for work release and time off for good behavior.
In November, Schiliro was convicted of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor.
On Monday, 13 of Schiliro’s family and friends came to the sentencing hearing to speak on his behalf. They portrayed him as a caring man who gave back to his community as mayor, helped create jobs, formed basketball and baseball leagues for the borough’s children, served as a volunteer firefighter, and was a good friend and father. Schiliro is a single parent.
“I’ve seen him reach into his pocket and give people he didn’t know money when they needed it,” said Bill Cox, a friend who has known Schiliro for 15 years.
“This is really a case of a complex person with complex issues,” said Michael Malloy, Schiliro’s defense attorney, referring to his client’s acknowledged bisexuality.
Does this also count as a crime of gay passion? Just wondering. Oh, you might notice they story omits the fact he was a member of Mikey Bloomberg’s group of anti-gun fanatics. Curious, huh?
The former mayor was among 600 local lawmakers who signed a letter to Congress calling for gun-control legislation. His name was dropped from the letter after his arrest in March.
The former mayor of New York City was unavailable for comment.