Former Rep. Spicer charged with bribery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former State Representative Terry Spicer from Elba has been charged with one count of bribery by federal prosecutors in connection with the federal corruption trial.

According to court documents, Spicer received improper gifts from 2006 to 2010 during his time as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. Documents say the gifts came from lobbyist Jarrod Massey and Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley, each of whom have plead guilty in the corruption case and served as witnesses for the government in the trial that ended August 11.

The government alleges that Spicer received more than $10,000 each year during that time period from Jarrod Massey, in addition a ski trip for his official action on legislation.

Spicer is also alleged to have received gifts from Gilley in return for his official action that would have directly assisted Gilley in his business interests.

The initial information about Spicer's potentially illegal activity was revealed during a February bond revocation hearing for Ronnie Gilley during which Jarrod Massey spent several hours answering prosecutors questions. Massey detailed the bribes he offered to Spicer, which he would later accept.

At one point Massey even described how he gave Spicer a box full of money for his cooperation on legislation, as well as to encourage other lawmakers to employ Massey's Mantra Governmental consulting firm.

Spicer was charged on October 14 and was supposed to be sentenced the morning of Friday of October 21. The court delayed the proceeding and now Spicer will appear before Federal Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel on November 15.