Country Crossing Owner Ronnie Gilley Pleads Guilty
April 26, 2011 at 3:11 PM (PT)
COUNTRY CROSSING developer RONNIE GILLEY has pled guilty to 11 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and bribery, the latest plea deal in a corruption scandal that led to the indictment of four state legislators in late 2010. Separately, in OCTOBER, federal authorities charged 11 individuals, including lobbyists, gaming executives and state legislators, with conspiring to trade votes for cash.
GILLEY, who owned the now closed COUNTRY CROSSING CASINO in DOTHAN, AL was arrested along with MILTON McGREGOR, the owner of VICTORYLAND GREYHOUND PARK, two current state senators, two former state senators and several lobbyists.
GILLEY and a lobbyist working for him, were charged with offering State Senator SCOTT BEASON a public relations job worth $1 million. BEASON wore a wire during the investigation, and according to the federal indictment captured the alleged offer of the job on tape. Two lobbyists, who have accepted plea deals in which they will testify for the prosecution, claim they offered millions of dollars in bribes to state legislators on behalf of GILLEY in order to pass the bingo legislation.
GILLEY could faced up to 27 years in federal prison and the length of his sentence depends on the degree of his cooperation with prosecutors.
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