Maybe Delonte West and Gerald McFaul can develop a friendship over the phone in the coming months. Each of them, after all, will not be leaving their abodes for awhile after being sentenced to house arrest.
Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul could have faced up to ten years in prison and probation, but instead was given just one year of house arrest and $21,000 in fines when he was sentenced today.
The 76-year-old will be sitting in his home in Strongsville until next July. He will presumably spend that time watching Jeopardy, looking and talking to birds in the backyard, and reading about Marmaduke and chuckling mightily to himself at Marmaduke's escapades. He will use the PD's Metro section as fire kindle.
McFaul, a 76-year-old Democrat from Strongsville, pleaded guilty last month to stealing cash from his campaign fund, forcing his employees to sell tickets to his political fundraiser and breaking ethics laws by appointing his son as a special deputy. He agreed to pay $130,000 in restitution as part of a plea deal.
A Plain Dealer investigation last year sparked the criminal probe of McFaul's three decades as sheriff. He was charged on May 28 by criminal information, which usually means a defendnat [sic] had cooperated with prosecutors.