FBI: Dimora Trial ‘Sad Chapter’ for Cuyahoga Co.

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AKRON, Ohio --

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday reached an agreement with former Cuyahoga Commissioner Jimmy Dimora on what possessions he must forfeit due to his corruption convictions.

Dimora walked into federal court in Akron Wednesday handcuffed and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. Friday, he was convicted of 37 of 38 charges against him, including bribery, corruption, obstruction of justice and filing false tax returns.

"He's obviously disappointed, and it's gonna be very difficult for him until we do the appeal, but he's a strong man and he's doing well," Dimora's defense attorney Bill Whitaker told reporters outside of the courthouse.

"This saga in many respects has been a sad chapter for the people of Cuyahoga County, sad, in that we've had to witness, in vivid detail, the pervasive corruption of some in our government," said FBI special agent in charge Stephen Anthony.

After hours of negotiating behind closed doors, prosecutors and defense attorneys reached a settlement. Dimora must give up his interest in his home in Independence, but his wife Lori can keep her half. She will have to move out within six months of his last appeal. The government will sell the house and give her 50 percent of the assets.

Dimora is also ordered to give up money from accounts in his name worth more than $10,000. Lori Dimora keeps her personal savings account, and Jimmy Dimora can keep his pension from his days as mayor of Bedford Heights.

"Obviously, Mr. Dimora was very concerned about his wife and his family, and that was an important part of the negotiations today," Whitaker said.

Although Wednesday's proceedings only involved Dimora, the attorney for his co-defendant, Michael Gabor, reacted to Friday's verdict. Gabor was convicted on seven of eight charges.

"Extremely disappointed, you know? They got one right, and they clearly lost their way with the rest, so obviously with the amount of witnesses and the amount of being in a room that was filled with poison, it obviously spilled over," said Gabor's defense attorney Leif Christman.

Federal prosecutors and FBI investigators say they hope the verdicts deter other officials from engaging in self-service, rather than public service.

"It's important to note that this investigation is continuing. Although this is the end of the trial, this is no time for a victory lap. We have work to do in this matter and others, in an effort to root out corruption, throughout Northeast Ohio," said Anthony.

Jimmy Dimora will be sentenced on July 25. He is currently being held in the custody of U.S. Marshals in Youngstown. He could face several decades behind bars.