Marcus Hook mayor convicted of firing gun, holding friend hostage

Posted: November 17, 2013

MEDIA The embattled mayor of Marcus Hook was convicted Friday of charges that he fired a gun in his home while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage.

James Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor.

In February, Schiliro, who had been drinking, had a police car bring a former neighbor to his home, compelled him to drink wine, and would not let him leave. Schiliro said he was attracted to the man. During the 31/2-hour episode, Schiliro fired a gun into a stack of papers. The man eventually left the home and later called police.

Schiliro, who sold the weapons shortly after the encounter, has entered an alcohol-treatment program and is undergoing counseling. He will be sentenced in January.

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