Gilley, Massey, Spicer to prison in bingo corruption case

Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley was sentenced in federal court Monday night{}along with his lobbyist, Jarrod Massey, and former state Rep.Terry Spicer of Elba.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson sentenced Gilley to 80 months in prison. Gilley and Massey pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges involving offering millions of dollars to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation. Spicer admitted taking bribes from Gilley and Massey while a legislator.

"I'm not the person I was a year ago, and I'm thankful for that," said Gilley. "And as hard as this is to say, this is probably the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Massey was sentenced to 65 months in prison. Spicer was sentenced to 57 months in prison. The fourth person who pleaded guilty, lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy, will be sentenced in August.

"They're can't be a good day for Jarrod Massey," said Massey's attorney Brett Bloomston. "He set the course for this prosecution."

Nine others were charged in the wide-ranging investigation, including casino owner Milton McGregor, but no one was convicted.

Thompson ordered the men to report to prison August 27th.{}