Jimmy Dimora sentenced to 28 years in prison

Associated Press

Akron, Ohio — A former Ohio county commissioner was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison for his conviction in a wide-ranging federal public corruption case.

Ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora denied any wrongdoing in a statement before he was sentenced. A tearful Dimora said everything he did was for the good of the county’s taxpayers.

The 57-year-old Dimora, also a former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland, was convicted of racketeering, bribery and other counts. His trial capped an investigation that led to more than 50 convictions involving county officials, employees and contractors who traded bribes for government jobs and contracts.

The investigation helped fuel a referendum that replaced the three-commissioner county government in Cleveland with a county executive and council.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi sentenced Dimora after a hearing that began Monday.

Prosecutors had asked for more than 22 years behind bars. Attorneys for Dimora asked for leniency because of his poor health and similar corruption cases that brought sentences of just a few years.

The government said Dimora took bribes for nearly a decade, including a Las Vegas trip that involved a woman who was paid $1,000 to give him a massage in his hotel room.