Two local men sentenced in federal explosives case

Staff report


Two Mahoning County men were sentenced in U.S. District Court this week for conspiring to purchase explosives to crack safes at jewelry stores and coin shops, according to court records.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent sentenced Frank Susany, 53, of Boardman, to 21 months in prison, and James Quinn, 52, of Youngstown, to eight months’ house arrest as a condition of two years’ probation.

A third man involved in the conspiracy, Robert Courtney, 45, of North Jackson, received a 10-month prison sentence in June.

All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive and transport explosive materials earlier this year.

The trio planned to break into jewelry stores and coin shops to steal valuable items that they could sell and use the proceeds to buy explosives, an indictment said.

The explosives would in turn be used to crack safes at jewelry and stores and coin shops.

Susany met on three different occasions with a source working for the FBI who he recruited to obtain plastic explosives, according to the indictment. Quinn was with him on one of those occasions.

Courtney acted as a lookout while Susany broke into a coin store in Westlake, Ohio, in 2013, according to the indictment.

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