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Sentencing Rescheduled for Former State Rep Caught in Gambling Ring

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 07, 2017
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Sentencing for a former state representative caught in an investigation of video poker and illegal gambling has been rescheduled.

Former state Rep. Marc Gergely was to be sentenced on Monday by Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski, but court officials said a continuance was granted, and sentencing is now scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11.

Last week, Gergely resigned from his 35th Legislative District seat, effective Monday.

In August, Gergely, 48, a Democrat from White Oak, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws by accepting cash contributions in excess of $100.

Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than $10,000 in fines or five years' prison or probation.

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai is expected to call a special election next year to fill the remainder of Gergely's term, which expires at the end of 2018.

Republican and Democratic leaders will choose candidates to run in the special election. 

Austin Davis, executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, has already declared his candidacy for the Democratic nominaton for the seat in the 2018 primary, and the Post-Gazette's Chris Potter speculated that Davis could get the party's nod for the special election.

McKeesport City Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who ran as a Republican against Gergely in 2016, is expected to be a candidate as well, Potter reported in Monday's Post-Gazette.

The 35th Legislative District includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and part of West Mifflin. Gergely was first elected to the seat in 2002.

Originally published November 07, 2017.

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