Sarno trial expected to go to jury Monday

December 17, 2010 (CHICAGO) Mike Sarno left the federal courthouse Friday evening after a long day of defense closing arguments.

Sarno's lawyer Terry Gillespie said witnesses called by the government cut plea deals and have an incentive to lie about his client's alleged involvement in the bombing of a Berwyn company that supposedly belonged to a rival video poker operator.

He said Sarno had nothing to do with the bombing and was not the boss of a criminal enterprise. The lawyer for pawn shop owner Mark Polchan also slammed the credibility of key witnesses that cut plea deals, calling their testimony "water from a poison well."

"I think the government relied on the wrong people as sources for information in this case, and I think that's pretty clear throughout the trial," said Polchan attorney Damon Cheronis.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Monday.

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