Convicted Fairfield council member found dead in apparent suicide 

Fairfield City Council member Frank Kardos, who was found guilty Friday of assaulting his girlfriend last year and faced nearly four years in prison, was found dead Saturday morning in his home from an apparent suicide.

Authorities found Kardos, 54, shortly before 11 a.m. His injuries appeared to be self-inflicted and there was no indication of foul play,
Fairfield Fire Marshal Morgana Yahnke said.

Emergency personnel transported Kardos to NorthBay Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to Yahnke.

Kardos was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 31 in Solano County Superior Court and faced three years and six months in prison, although his attorney Daniel Russo has said the councilman could have "reasonably" expected probation.

Kardos was arrested Jan. 20, 2007, for allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend, a 55-year-old Fairfield woman, the night before.

He was placed on paid administrative leave from his job as assistant principal at Armijo High School in Fairfield. He remained on the City Council but would have lost his seat and his job at the high school because he had been convicted of a felony, Russo said.

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