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Dimora Sentence Expected Tuesday Morning

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

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A federal judge in the Jimmy Dimora trial says expect a sentence for the former Cuyahoga County Commissioner late Tuesday morning. Ideastream's Michelle Kanu reports the judge is still reviewing how the financial benefits Dimora received during the corruption scandal will affect his prison term.

U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi began the first day of sentencing by confirming Jimmy Dimora understands the terms of forfeiture he previously agreed to as part of his punishment.  Dimora will give up ownership of his home in Independence and the $122,000 he earned in a pension during his time as commissioner.

Lioi proceeded by reviewing the financial benefits Dimora received in the racketeering and 31 other counts against him.  In most of those charges, Dimora’s defense team objected to the way the prosecution calculated those values.  After hearing both sides, Lioi ruled that the series of crimes Dimora engaged in with several other county officials and contractors cost the government a total of over $451,000 in losses.

The value of those losses could affect the length of Dimora’s jail time.
The defense called five character witnesses who have known Dimora since his reign as mayor of Bedford Heights in the 80’s to his time as a Cuyahoga county commissioner.  Those witnesses included a former police officer, a neighbor, and Dimora’s youngest child.  As would be expected, they described him as a devoted father and husband who was equally committed to serving his constituents. 

The prosecution didn’t present any witnesses today and instead relied on the testimony of those they called on during the trial to speak for itself.

The prosecution has recommended a 22 year prison term for Dimora.  Judge Lioi says the sentencing will reconvene Tuesday at an Akron court at 9am.

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