Macon County residents react to corruption trial verdicts

"I was glad that the verdict speaks for itself," says Cynthia Maloy.

"I just think it's a wonderful thing," says Trini Singh.

It's a common sentiment throughout Shorter--residents glad to see Milton McGregor found not guilty on one count of bribery and two counts of fraud.

"I think it's a wonderful thing for the people of Shorter and surrounding counties," says Shorter resident Betty Sanders.

Many believe McGregor is innocent.

"I don't think he's done anything wrong. The man's trying to run his business ya know?" says Matt Jennings.

"I don't think he did anything wrong from day one," adds Maloy.

"Personally, I could care less. They can either go to jail or let them off, it don't matter to me," says Greg Faith.

And then there are some like Faith--who haven't followed the corruption trial at all.

"I don't pay attention to it. They don't pay my paycheck, I don't care about them," he says.

Some folks in Shorter believe every not guilty verdict for Milton McGregor means a brighter future for Victoryland.

"It would mean a lot," says Maloy.

Maloy used to work at Quincy's 777.  She's fortunate to have a job at a nearby gas station. And she's optimistic, Victoryland's revival is coming.

"Even though I'm working here, maybe I can get back to work. Maybe things will turn around for even here because business has been slow for everywhere in Shorter," she says.

She'll have to wait a little longer, though.  McGregor is expected to stand trial again.  It's a trial many don't think will make any difference.

"I still think the verdict will be not guilty," says Maloy.

"I'm going to say not guilty because I'm behind him," adds Sanders.

Victoryland is open, but its electronic gambling section is closed.  Its employees dropped from more than 1,000 to around 20.

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