Ronnie Gilley, a casino developer in the state of Alabama is now facing jail time for offering millions of dollars in bribes to legislators in the state if they would vote for gambling legislation. This week, federal prosecutors in the case have recommended that Gilley serve eleven years in federal prison for his actions.
Prosecutors in the case filed their prison recommendation for Gilley this past Monday to United States District Judge Myron Thompson to review. Gilley’s sentencing will take place on July 16th and prosecutors are hoping that the judge will take their suggestion to heart. Prosecutors also asked for Jarrod Massey, Gilley’s lobbyist, to serve just over eleven years in prison for his part in the bribery scheme as well as five years for Terry Spicer the former democrat state representative.
Prosecutors did state that the jail time was less than the federal sentencing guidelines in the case because both men pled guilty and handed over information that was important to the case.
Both defendants have asked the judge for lenient sentences. Gilley has asked the judge to let him spend six months in house arrest and three years on supervised release with no time in prison. Spicer also asked for a lenient sentence with just two years in prison.
According to prosecutors, Gilley offered just over $3.5 million in campaign contributions as well as concert tickets and other items to legislators to try and gain their support for online gambling options. Apparently many others were involved in the case and Gilley used the information he had to turn the others involved in to police.
The details of the case are still sketchy and Gilley is apparently involved in another corruption case and is working with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. We will report more on this case as it is released.
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