Former Corrections Commissioner Convicted of Bribes gets 19.7 Years behind bars

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Christopher Epps

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass



The police is headed to the feds.  Christopher Epps.  A man who once held the keys managing prison time for tens of thousands of convicts is now himself convicted and ordered to spend nearly twenty years as a prison inmate. 

Epps,56, a Mississippi corrections commissioner with 12-years of service.  Nearly three years ago he faced a 49-count federal indictment accusing him of stealing at least $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks pointing nearly $1 billion of state contracts to the chosen.  He said during a sentencing, "It comes back to greed. I made some stupid mistakes I will regret for the rest of my life."

As protocol, the Commissionership usually changes hands every 4 years, in sync with the governor’s office transition.   According to US district Judge Henry Wingate he was well liked and is responsible for betraying the state.  Wingate sentenced the disgraced state worker to 235 months in the federal hoosegow with a coinciding fine of $100,000.

Several of Epps’ high powered friends including, Senators, Willie Simmons, and Senate Corrections Committee Chairman Sampson Jackson wrote letters to Wingate asking for leniency for the man some say could sell ice to an Eskimo.  

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