By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A former Mississippi lawmaker says he wants to withdraw his guilty plea in a prison corruption case.
In papers filed Thursday in federal court in Jackson, Cecil McCrory says he is innocent and is asking for a jury trial.
McCrory’s current attorney, Carlos Tanner, says McCrory received ineffective representation from his first attorney. Tanner says prosecutors still have not given McCrory all documents needed to prepare his defense.
McCrory, a former state House member, operated a business with prison contracts. He pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and faces up to 20 years in prison. He’s also forfeiting $1.7 million in assets.
Former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps also pleaded guilty to money laundering and filing false tax returns, and awaits sentencing.
Several others have been charged.