JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A businessman and former lawmaker will spend 8½ years in prison for crimes related to bribing Mississippi's former corrections commissioner.
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate handed down the sentence against Cecil McCrory Friday.
McCrory, a Brandon resident pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy in February 2015, in relation to $40,000 in cash that he took from Epps, disguised as proceeds from a tractor sale, and wired back to the prison chief.
A onetime member of the state House, McCrory has said he paid off Epps' mortgage after the commissioner approved McCrory's plans to sell his prison commissary business.