An attorney for Milton McGregor, Joe Espy, says he believes the federal government took advantage of Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley because he was out of money, in jail and dealing with a sick family member. Espy says McGregor is innocent and looks forward to demonstrating that in a trial beginning June 6.
An assistant U.S. attorney general, Lanny Breuer, says the guilty plea by Gilley shows he thought votes could be bought and sold in Alabama.
Gilley pleaded guilty Friday to 11 counts, including offering million in bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.
Gilley admitted working with VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, also indicted, to pass legislation that would protect their gambling halls. Bruer says Gilley's plea details a wide-ranging scheme to bribe legislators.