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County corruption's Calabrese sentenced to 9 years

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AKRON -- Attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III, 40, of Bentleyville, was sentenced to nine years in prison this afternoon for the  18 corruption-related charges he has pleaded guilty to in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe.

It was the minimum sentence he could have received. After that he will have three years of supervision and is required to make restitution of $132,041,93.

Calabrese, the son of former Judge Anthony O. Calabrese Jr, entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in January and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi in Akron.

Calabrese still faces other charges in other courts.

On April 23, Calabrese pleaded not guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court after Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty brought state bribery and theft charges against him.

Under the state charges, Calabrese is charged with theft by deception and two counts of bribery.

McGinty said the three-count indictment accuses Calabrese of using his position as attorney for Alternatives Agency, a halfway house located in Cleveland.

The first count accuses Calabrese of directing the agency to pay consulting fees to Anthony Sinagra and J. Kevin Kelley, and concealing the fact that neither individual produced any work product.

The second and third counts accuse Calabrese of bribing former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.

The indictment alleges that Calabrese directed J. Kevin Kelley to give plane tickets to Las Vegas and/or money to Dimora and Russo in exchange for Dimora and Russo helping to restore county funding to the agency.

Calabrese was the first to be charged by McGinty as a follow up to the federal Cuyahoga County corruption probe.

McGinty said he expects other charges to follow on more defendants.

Calabrese is also the defendant with two other attorneys in an unrelated case who are accused of trying to bribe two rape victims to alter their testimony against the man accused of raping them.

Calabrese and the attorneys, Marc G. Doumbas and G. Timothy Marshall, have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are awaiting trial.

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