AKRON, Ohio - Convicted felon Michael Gabor is appearing in federal court Tuesday, where he will ask for less than five years in prison on racketeering and corruption charges.
Gabor was convicted by the same jury that convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora last March. Dimora was sentenced to 28 years in prison on multiple corruption charges.
In documents filed with the court by Gabor's defense attorney, Gabor is requesting a sentencing range of 41 to 51 months. That would mean Gabor could serve between three years, five months and four years, three months in federal prison.
Gabor was found guilty of providing assistance with a divorce case involving Cleveland businessman Steve Pumper, who was doing business with the county.
According to testimony, Gabor provided information to Dimora with the expectation that Dimora would give Pumper a phone number of someone who could walk him through the process. But Gabor's defense attorney argues that no bribe was ever paid.
In another instance, Gabor was convicted of paying $5,000 to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo for a job in Russo's office.
Gabor attorney Leif Cristman argues that his client has no prior criminal convictions and is "extremely unlikely to engage in future criminal conduct" and deserves a lesser sentence.
As in the case of Dimora, family and friends of Gabor have written letters to the court requesting a lesser sentence.
Government prosecutors are expected to ask for as much as 10 years in prison.
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