(Cleveland) - Mark Lime, former Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday.

The 58-year-old Lime plead guilty on July 25 to 37 felony charges including; 18 counts of tampering with records, 18 counts of unlawful use of a computer system, and 1 count of theft in office.

Lime stole $8,500 while serving in the Clerk of Courts office and tampered with records to cover up his thefts. He was also not offered probation.

Lime choked up in front of Judge Kathleen Sutula, saying he has tarnished his family’s name. He asked Judge Sutula for a second chance and apologized. Lime says he’s a good person who made bad choices.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jim Gutierrez says Lime “planted the weeds and watched them grow. He says Lime’s actions were brazen and he asked for a five year sentence.

Lime will also have to pay $8,700 in restitution and was fined $5,000. 

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