Sentencing delayed for former MDOC Commissioner

Christopher Epps

JACKSON, Miss. (WHLT) — The sentencing for the former Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner has been delayed.

Christopher Epps showed up in federal court in Downtown Jackson Tuesday morning.

The sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for July 18, 2016.

Epps pleaded guilty last year to money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.7 million in bribes related to contracts.

WHLT learned in court that the initial amount of contracts was over $300 million. New information from the government revealed that the bribery schemed totaled more than $800 million. Authorities are looking into getting subpoenas related to the latest developments in the case.

We’re also told that Cecil McCrory, a businessman who was also indicted, plans on withdrawing his guilty plea.

WHLT will continue to follow this story as more details become available.

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