Convicted Bribery Felon Has Lung Transplant To Delay Sentencing


JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Mississippi woman convicted of paying kickbacks to the state’s former corrections commissioner wants her sentencing delayed. On Friday the lawyer for Teresa Malone asked federal judge Henry T. Wingate to reschedule her sentencing hearing, now set for Wednesday. Malone was hospitalized last week in Birmingham, Alabama with complications from a lung transplant. Prosecutors say Malone paid kickbacks to then-Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps after Epps steered a $5000-a-month consulting contract to Malone. Court records show she received more than $170,000. Malone faces up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, and forfeiture of money she received.


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