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Ex-consultant reports to prison in Arkansas corruption case

October 9, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas political consultant has reported to a federal prison in Texas for his role in a corruption case.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows 39-year-old Randell Shelton Jr. is being held in a low security facility in Beaumont.

Shelton’s attorney, Shelly Koehler, told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Shelton reported Monday to begin a six-year sentence.

Shelton and former Ecclesia College President Oren Paris were convicted of funneling cash bribes to then-state Sen. Jon Woods in exchange for Woods’ directing more than $715,000 in state grants to Ecclesia.

Paris received a three-year sentence while Woods was convicted of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

All three men are appealing the convictions.

Woods reported to prison last month and Paris is to report Wednesday.

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