Gun-Toting Mayor Convicted in Case Resigns

Man had vowed to finish his term amid accusations

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    A Delaware County mayor has resigned less than a month after being convicted in a drunken, armed encounter with a 20-year-old man at his home in February.

    Marcus Hook Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro submitted a resignation letter before Monday's borough council meeting, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.

    The Republican had dropped his bid for re-election after his March arrest, but vowed to finish his term. That didn't happen.

    The 39-year-old faces sentencing Jan. 13, but must first undergo psychosexual and psychological examinations, and drug and alcohol evaluations.

    He was convicted last month of having an on-duty police officer drive the young man to Schiliro's home, where the former mayor gave the young man three glasses of wine before asking him to consent to a sex act.

    When the man refused, Schiliro pulled a gun and became distraught. He eventually fired one shot into several papers on the floor and told the 20-year-old that he would be a hostage, according to court documents.

    The mayor also allegedly told the man the Marcus Hook Police Department had been instructed to stay away from the mayor's home.

    The man told police he was in fear for his life and worried that if he left, police would come again to get him.