Judge resets bribery sentencing for woman after health delay

May 1, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge will finally sentence a woman who has pleaded guilty in Mississippi’s prison bribery case but never gone to prison.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate set a May 24 sentencing hearing for Teresa Malone of Carthage. Defense lawyer Jamie Franks on Wednesday asked Wingate to choose another day, saying lawyers have schedule conflicts.

Malone, the wife of a former state House member, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to one count of bribery. She paid kickbacks to then-Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps after Epps steered a $5,000-a-month consulting contract to Malone. Court records show she got more than $170,000.

Malone’s sentencing has been repeatedly delayed because of lung transplant complications.

She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and forfeiture of money she received.