Lobbyist Massey surrenders; starts prison sentence

File Photo: Jarrod Massey (Green tie)
File Photo: Jarrod Massey (Green tie)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jarrod Massey, a lobbyist for Country Crossing casino, who was indicted on conspiracy, bribery and other charges surrendered to authorities in Montgomery Wednesday and will begin serving time in federal prison. Massey didn't say anything as he entered the courthouse.

Massey, whose sentencing wasn't scheduled until September, decided he wanted to report to prison sooner rather than later. A judge granted the motion Friday.

Massey was one of 11 people indicted in October 2010 in a federal investigation of possible vote-buying of Alabama legislators to obtain favorable electronic bingo legislation.

Massey was released on bond on October 4, 2010 pending trial. Two months later he pleaded guilty to:

  • Conspiracy
  • Five (5) Counts Federal Programs Bribery and Aiding and Abetting
  • Honest Service Fraud and Aiding and Abetting.

As part of a plea deal, Massey will most likely testify against other defendants at trial. In addition, several charges against him were dropped.

No reason was given for Massey's decision to seek voluntary surrender to U.S. Marshals, however.

Country Crossing is a large gaming facility that has remained closed since shortly after its 2010 grand opening, a move designed to keep a raid from taking its gaming machines. The facility's owner, Ronnie Gilley, was also arrested in the federal investigation and is facing additional federal charges for allegedly trying to bribe Massey for his silence. Gilley is currently under house arrest.

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