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McGregor's Lawyer Responds to Massey Guilty Plea

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Joe Espy, the attorney for Victoryland Casino owner Milton McGregor, says lobbyist Jarrod Massey's guilty plea won't have any effect on his defense for his client.

"Didn't effect our game plan at all. Strategy is the same. Timetable is the same" Espy said. "Position is the same. This plea by Mr. Massey did not effect Mr. McGregor's position at all."

McGregor is one of 11 defendants in a case where they are accused of conspiring to get electronic bingo legislation through the Alabama Senate and House.

Several of the other defendants' legal counsel were unavailable for comment.

Espy said his client is ready to stand trial when it happens, "We're still pushing forward for an early trial. We'll be ready in April to try the case."

McGregor's attorney also pointed out that just because one of the defendants in the bingo case pleaded guilty, it doesn't mean the other are involved.

"There are 11 defendants. Mr. Massey being one of those defendants and he's a defendant who did not work for Mr. McGregor so we hope that there's no cloud in the public opinion because there certainly won't be one legally or factually."

The trial is scheduled for April though some of the other defendants in the case, not McGregor, have asked for more time to sift through the evidence against them.

It is possible that Jarrod Massey may testify against some of the others accused as a part of his plea deal. It is also likely that he will receive a lighter sentence than had he not pleaded guilty.

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