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Jimmy Dimora sentence: Case timeline

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Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.  Here's a look at some of the key events in the corruption case that went public in July 2008 but stretches back all the way to 2005 for investigators.

July 31, 2012:  Just before 2 p.m. Lioi sentences Dimora to 28 years in prison.  His defense team calls it a death sentence.

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July 31, 2012: Judge Lioi tells Dimora: "...somewhere along the way, his course of serving the people changed to his serving himself and his friends."

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July 31, 2012: Jimmy Dimora addresses the court prior to sentencing.  Tearfully he recalls his years of public service and tells the court in part "I never pressured anyone...the county has never lost any money in anything that I have done....I have no regret on anything I have done..."

: Jimmy Dimora addresses the court prior to sentencing.  Tearfully he recalls his years of public service and tells the court in part "I never pressured anyone...the county has never lost any money in anything that I have done....I have no regret on anything I have done..."

July 30, 2012: Dimora sentencing hearing begins

July 25, 2012: Probation office recommends a life sentence for Dimora.

July 24, 2012: Dimora's team asks for far less than 22 years and submit letters written by family and friends asking the judge show leniency.

July 23, 2012: Federal prosecutors recommend a sentence of at least 22 years for Dimora.

July 20, 2012: Judge delays Dimora sentencing until July 30.

June 21, 2012:  Judge Lioi rejects Dimora's last request for a pre-sentence release keeping him behind bars until his July sentencing.

March 9, 2012: Jury convicts Jimmy Dimora on 33 of 34 charges and taken into federal custody to await sentencing.

Jan. 4, 2012: Trial of Dimora and co-defendant Gabor gets underway.

Oct. 21, 2011: Dimora is indicted on more charges, including racketeering.

Sept. 15, 2011: McCafferty starts serving her 16-month sentence at FPC Alderson in West Virginia, exactly one year to the day from her arrest.

Spring/Summer 2011: The trials of McCafferty and Terry were held in Akron. Both were found guilty. McCafferty is already serving her 16 month-prison sentence in Alderson federal prison.

Dec. 15, 2010: Russo is sentenced to 21 years and 10 months. Russo then agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He has already testified in the trials of McCafferty and Terry and is likely the main witness against Dimora.

Sept. 15, 2010: The FBI arrests Dimora at his home just before 7 a.m. At the same time that morning, four others were arrested, including two Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judges -- Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry.

Dimora was charged in a 139-page indictment, alleging corruption, bribery, paid-for prostitutes, entertainment and pay-to-play county contracts.

Sept. 16, 2010: Russo pleaded guilty.

Sept. 9, 2010: Russo was charged and resigned the same day.

June 12, 2009: It wasn't until 11 months later that the first indictments came down. They were against four men -- one of whom has since died -- and who are on the list of potential witnesses for or against Dimora.

From then on, indictments came out regularly, with some defendants being charged with bills of information, meaning they had already agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

More than three dozen defendants had been charged and/or pleaded guilty by the time Russo was charged.

July 28, 2008: 200 FBI and IRS agents hold simultaneous raids of government and business offices, as well as homes of officials and owners, in what has turned into the largest corruption probe in county history.  That public display was not the beginning, as FBI agents later said the probe into bribery, racketeering and filing false tax returns actually began in secret in 2005.

The FBI targeted Dimora and former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo as the alleged main characters in schemes to barter away government contracts for cash, home improvements and trips. From the beginning, both maintained their innocence, saying they did nothing wrong.

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