- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NILES, Ohio (AP) - A former northeastern Ohio mayor sentenced to 10 years in prison argues in an appeal that his conviction should be overturned and he should get a new trial.

Longtime Niles mayor Ralph Infante was accused of running an illegal gambling house and taking bribes in exchange for jobs. He was convicted on more than 20 charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

In a court filing this week, his attorney alleges among other things that there wasn’t sufficient evidence for a conviction on that charge.

Prosecutors accused Infante of misusing the mayor’s office beginning shortly after his election in 1992.

Infante spent 24 years as mayor of Niles, roughly 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.

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