Dimora enroute to FMC Butner? Gabor moved to Elkton

3:27 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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They have gone their separate ways.

Convicted Cuyahoga County corruption defendants Jimmy Dimora and Michael Gabor are no longer housed in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown as they await their appeals from their March 9 convictions and their July/August sentencings.

Both Dimora and Gabor were immediately taken into federal custody on March 9 when the jury returned its verdicts. Neither is at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center at this time.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms that Gabor, 53, of Parma, is now housed in the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Youngstown, and 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Gabor's release date is set for Dec. 19, 2020, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The status of Dimora, 57, of Independence, is listed as "in transit," according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, but other sources say he is said to be enroute to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, part of the Federal Correctional Complex near Durham, North Carolina.

The complex is about 600 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Denise Simmons, public information officer for the Butner complex, tells WKYC that his status will only officially change when he reaches his destination. Simmons would not confirm that he is enroute to Butner. 

Both have appealed their convictions with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. They were co-defendants in a 37-day trial that ended with the jury convicting them both.

Federal prosecutors had asked for 15 years for Gabor and Gabor's attorney Leif Christman had asked for a sentence of 24 months. 

In her sentencing memorandum for Dimora, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi had recommended that Dimora be sent to FMC Butner because of his medical issues.

Dimora has always been overweight but he also fell while he was in federal prison in Youngstown awaiting his sentencing.

He lost consciousness when he fell. At St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Dimora underwent several tests that revealed additional health concerns that require further medical care, according to his attorneys.

The testing revealed that Dimora has an aneurysm and a dark mass behind his tonsils. He has been prescribed a walker and may be moved to a wheelchair if his condition does not improve. He was brought to court for sentencing in a wheelchair but used a walker to enter the courtroom.

Dimora, the former Cuyahoga County commissioner and former chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, was sentenced to 28 years in prison on 32 counts, including conspiracy, bribery and racketeering.

When she read his sentence, Lioi said "...somewhere along the way, his course of serving the people changed to his serving himself and his friends...Frank Russo, along with Jimmy Dimora, created a way of doing business with the county..." "...in many ways, Mr. Russo was more obvious with what he was doing...in contrast, Mr. Dimora's way was more insidious..."

Gabor was convicted on 7 of 8 counts, also including bribery, conspiracy and racketeering. He was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison.

Gabor worked for then-Auditor Frank Russo from Sept. 5, 2005, until he was indicted and dismissed on Nov. 18, 2010. Gabor also served as the driver for Dimora to work, public and private events and restaurants.

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