An Islip Town fire marshal pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor coercion charge, less than a year after he was first indicted on 16 counts alleging his involvement in a scheme to steer Civil Service positions to favored candidates.
Michael Allen entered his conditional plea before state Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip alongside his attorney, Stephen McCarthy of Manhattan.
Prosecutors offered Allen a plea deal last fall and again in May that included no jail time. This spring, Camacho ordered the case to trial, which was scheduled to start with jury selection on Wednesday.
Under the terms of the deal reached Tuesday, Allen was ordered to complete 140 hours of community service work at his church within one year, Camacho said. Allen will be “coming back to court on a regular basis” and if he “stays out of trouble and is living a law abiding life,” the misdemeanor charge will be reduced to a noncriminal violation, Camacho said.
“A lot of factors went into” this plea deal, Camacho said, including “certain health issues that Mr. Allen has.”
Allen did not speak during the brief proceeding, except for answering Camacho’s questions with a “Yes, sir” or “No sir.”
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