A former Cuyahoga County commissioner convicted in a federal public corruption case has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Prosecutors had asked for more than 22 years behind bars for ex-Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, who was convicted of racketeering, bribery and other counts.

Attorneys for the 57-year-old Dimora, a former Democratic Party chairman in Cleveland, asked for leniency because of his poor health and similar corruption cases that brought sentences of just a few years.

The sentence handed down by Akron federal judge Sara Lioi Tueday came following testimony by a tearful Dimora in which he denied wrongdoing.