Dimora headed to federal prison in West Virginia

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YOUNGSTOWN -- Convicted corruption figure Jimmy Dimora, a former Cuyahoga County commissioner and former mayor of Bedford Heights, is being moved from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown to the Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer in Glenville, West Virginia, to serve out his 28-year sentence.

No time frame has been disclosed as to when he will be moved. That information is never disclosed for security reasons.

A Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said previously that, until a prisoner actually arrives at his destination and is checked in, the BOP marks the status of a prisoner as "In Transit."

Expanded Coverage: Cuyahoga County corruption probe

On July 28, 2008, almost 200 FBI and IRS agents simultaneously conducted raids on county offices and businesses. To date, more than 40 people have pleaded or been found guilty and many remain in prison.

Two Cuyahoga County judges were also found guilty, along with several attorneys. Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo were considered to be the main targets of the probe.

As of Nov. 16, Russo began serving 22 years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lyrate, Pennsylvania. He made a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and testified against several defendants, mostly notably Dimora. 

Dimora, 57, of Independence, has been in federal custody at the privately run federal facility in Youngstown since he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs and a waist-chain March 9.

Dimora was found guilty on 32 of 33 charges and was sentenced just after 2 p.m. July 31 to 28 years in prison.

Before he was sentenced, Dimora made tearful statements from his seat at the defense table.

"I want to emphatically deny that I had any involvement in that type of illegal activity," Dimora said.

He ended his statements by asking U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi not to separate him from his family, after also saying, "I know the government spent a lot of money on this. I believe they created a mountain out of a molehill."

Dimora will be 85 years old by the time his prison sentence is over if he serves the full term.

He is appealing his sentence and his appeals attorney, Christian Grostic, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Lioi had recommended that Dimora be sent to to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, part of the Federal Correctional Complex near Durham, North Carolina.

Dimora has several medical issues and also fell May 4 while in federal custody. He lost consciousness and spent three days at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

Gilmer, according to the BOP website, is a medium security facility housing male offenders. An adjacent satellite prison camp houses minimum security male inmates.

Gilmer is located in central West Virginia, 85 miles northeast of Charleston, 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a four-hour drive south from Cleveland.


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