Fine Reduced In Prison Bribery Case

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A federal judge has reduced the fine for a businessman who bribed Mississippi’s former prisons chief. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate lowered the amount from $150,000 to $20,000 Wednesday after hearing evidence that Cecil McCrory of Brandon doesn’t have enough money to pay the higher amount. McCrory testified that he has limited income and his debts outweigh his assets. A former state lawmaker, McCrory was sentenced in February to serve 8 and a half years in prison, forfeit $1.7 million in assets and pay the fine. He pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy, admitting he’d bribed former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. McCrory was supposed to report to prison last week but remains free on bail so he can testify in a state lawsuit seeking to recover money from prison contractors.



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