September 30, 2014

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Architect sentenced

ELYRIA — The former president of a Cleveland architectural firm was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for  his role in what prosecutors have said was a bribery scandal that leads all the way to former county Commissioner Michael Ross.

Randall Gordon, 66, apologized before county Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski handed down the sentence.

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Randall Gordon hands his suit jacket to his attorney after he was sentenced Friday.

“I’m sorry for what occurred many years ago, and I’m trying to make it right with the county of Lorain,” Gordon said.

Gordon, the former president of Collins Gordon Bostwick Architects, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy, tampering with records and theft charges stemming from his work on the county Justice Center.

Prosecutors believe Gordon was one of several contractors on the project who funneled money to Ross through his business associate, Larry Jones, who is also facing charges.

Gordon billed the county for work supposedly done by a computer company run by Jones, prosecutors have said. 

Also charged in the case are local architect Warren Finkel and Vince Carbone, the president of the Cleveland construction company that oversaw the construction.

Gordon has agreed to cooperate in the investigation and has repaid the county the $400,000 he allegedly gave to Ross. He also paid prosecutors $20,000 to help defray the costs of the investigation.

Zaleski told Gordon he planned to honor his plea agreement and give him judicial release in six months.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.