Man pleads guilty to reduced charges
The plea deal calls for 18 months in prison.
By ROGER G. SMITH
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- An Austintown man will do jail time for threatening to kill a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court magistrate.
Mark Tekach, 36, agreed Monday to plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted retaliation against a public servant. He also pleaded guilty to a reduced burglary charge.
Tekach has agreed to serve 18 months in prison -- 12 months on the burglary charge and six months on the attempted retaliation charge. He will be eligible for judicial release, known as shock probation, and could spend up to six months in a halfway house upon release. He also will serve up to five years' probation.
He faced up to 13 years in prison if convicted on the charges.
Visiting Judge Thomas Curran accepted the plea deal. Tekach will be sentenced Sept. 14.
Tekach was charged in April with retaliation. Police say he left several messages on his former girlfriend's cell phone threatening to kill Robert Bannon, a common pleas court magistrate who hears cases involving civil protection orders. The woman had a protection order against Tekach. The pair was scheduled to appear before Bannon.
The threat came while Tekach was out on bond for two counts of resisting arrest, burglary, disorderly conduct and assault. He was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, breaking into her home and becoming combative with police.
Trial also is upcoming for another man who threatened the life of a common pleas court judge.
In April, Kenneth Favors of Youngstown was charged with retaliation after being accused of calling the home of Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and threatening to kill the judge and his wife. The collect calls were made from the county jail where Favors was being held on a charge of breaking and entering.
His trial recently was postponed until next month.