A former gambling lobbyist who pleaded guilty to trying to corruptly influence various legislators to pass gambling legislation is asking to be released from prison. The lobbyist, Jarrod Massey, entered the prison system voluntarily on Jan. 19, in order to begin serving his sentence, which is yet to be decided.
In the court filing, Massey’s attorneys says his sentencing has been delayed “due to circumstances beyond his control.” Massey requests that he be released because “he has had a number of personal issues arise, which he would be unable to attend to while incarcerated.”
Massey lobbied the Alabama legislature for several years on behalf of his client, the electronic bingo gambling development Country Crossing, and the facility’s owner, Ronnie Gilley. He cooperated with the government on the bingo corruption case and testified as a government witness in the first trial.
Gilley also pleaded guilty to charges related to the bingo corruption trial and cooperated with the government and testified at trial, as did Jennifer Pouncy, a former lobbyist who was employed by Massey.
Read Massey’s request here.