Ohio court: Resentencing needed in corruption case


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio appeals court says a former county commissioner must be resentenced on three of 19 public corruption convictions because verdict forms used by the jury didn't adequately support them.

Authorities say former Lorain County Commissioner Michael Ross took bribes of more than $200,000 to steer contracts for a justice center. He was convicted of bribery, conspiracy, racketeering and other charges and sentenced last year to 9 1/2 years imprisonment.

Local media outlets report the Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday ordered the trial court to reduce one first-degree felony conviction to a second-degree felony conviction and two second-degree felony convictions to first-degree misdemeanors.

The appeals court says the new sentence also must consider whether Ross was sentenced multiple times for the same offenses.

Ross served as commissioner from 1997 to 2001.