Prosecutors: Dimora should serve more than 22 years

5:08 PM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Federal prosecutors released their sentencing memorandum late Monday, saying convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora should serve "in excess of 22 years" in prison.

The 35-page memorandum outlined how "Dimora engaged in a deliberate and systematic conspiracy over the period of nearly a decade wherein he used his position as a County Commissioner to accomplish his criminal purpose."

It ended with "Dimora should now be held to account for the full measure of his conduct. Accordingly, a lengthy sentence, in excess of 22 years, is appropriate and should be imposed in this case."

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Dimora, 57, of Independence, was convicted March 9 on 33 of 34 federal counts, including conspiracy, bribery and racketeering.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has since dismissed one of the counts involving John Valentin as "redundant" and Dimora is scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. July 30 on 32 of the 34 counts.

His forfeiture hearing has already taken place. Dimora was immediately taken into custody and has been held in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown since that day.

The memorandum, accompanied by an attachment which was filed under seal according to U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi's protective order, had various reasons for why Dimora, now 57, should serve more than 22 years.

For example, prosecutors point out that Dimora concluded that the loss to the county should be "greater than $70,000 but less than $120,000" To that, prosecutors said the bribes he received "total over $250,000."

It states that "the trial evidence established that Dimora "was not merely a participant in the corruption, he was one of the leaders and organizers."

It continues that "Defendant Dimora has been convicted of fourteen bribery schemes, seven times the number of bribes required to trigger a two-level departure..." from the sentencing regulations.

Prosecutors showed that the bribery scheme involving Ferris Kleem involved 18 different bribes, totalling $36,984.79, and that all of the trial evidence showed that "Dimora received over 100 bribes" from 11 different sources.

"Dimora violated his oath of office and breached the public trust by serving himself before he served others," the memo reads.

Dimora also asked for a lesser sentence because of family obligations and the desire to spend time with his wife and children.

To that, prosecutors replied that "...Dimora preferred partying with his inner circle and sponsors over time with his then-minor children, wife and widowed mother.....the government is prepared to provide numerous examples of Tumors family playing second fiddle to his friends."  


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