News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Meaden & Moore

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


The key witness who brought down Russo and Dimora is sentenced Friday
Pre-sentencing memo: "Mr. Kelley will not ... attempt to shift blame;" details his health, isolation and  and financial problems
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Right after the FBI searched his home, Kelley began cooperating with in the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation. He'll be sentenced in Akron by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.
Courtesy of FILE PHOTO
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The five-year prosecution of massive corruption in Cuyahoga County comes down tomorrow afternoon to a 44-year-old guy with diabetes, cataracts and a heart condition. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze previews the sentencing of a key player in the corruption – who turned out to be a key witness for the prosecution.

LISTEN: Presentencing memo describes Kelley's life since July 2008

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:04)


J. Kevin Kelley worked for former county Auditor Frank Russo, then the engineers office and was elected to the Parma school board. 

Even his attorney says he “willingly chose to insert himself into the fast and loose lane of Cuyahoga County politics.” That included taking and directing bribes, cheating on taxes and orchestrating junkets for Russo and former Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. 

FBI agents ran him out of that fast lane in July 2008 when they showed up at his door with search warrants. He started cooperating immediately, and kept his job with the county and schools at the request of the feds. The pre-sentencing memo filed by his attorney says helping to build the case against Russo and Dimora was  “the only way for Kelley to repay his debt to the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County” and the Parma schools. 

The memo says that’s because he has no money, no extended family, no friends in Northeast Ohio. What he does have are big back tax bills, health problems and an alcohol addiction.

Kelley, his wife and two daughters have been living in Florida. He’s facing a likely six-year prison sentence, and is not asking for a reduction. But he is asking that the time be served in Florida.

Other points in the pre-sentencing memo:

  • On media scrutiny: "Even after his relocation to Florida, the electronic media followed him to his mother's house and his sister's wedding. Channel 19 even followed his children while they were out trick-or-treating." 
  • On his finances: "Kelley's financial affairs were a nightmare of overextended obligations prior to July 28, 2008. His financial affairs became a complete disaster thereafter."
  • On the lack of letters of support: "Many of the co-defendants in this case have produced as mitigation, supportive letters from family, friends and business associates. Kelley has no such letters. Such letters are superfluous. The court will pass judgment on his actions."
  • On other support: "He is now considered a leper with hhis own extended family in the Greater cleveland area."
  • The memo also details extensive health problems including a heart defect, diabetes, high blood pressure, a detached retina and and unsuccessful cataract surgery.

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University