Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps pleaded guilty to two federal charges yesterday, and officials talked of more indictments in the continuing investigation, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Epps told U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate. “I’ve repented before God. I apologize to my family and the state of Mississippi.” He first met Cecil McCrory in 1997 when he was serving in the Mississippi Legislature. “He gave me gratuities,” said Epps, who was working for the state Department of Corrections but was not yet commissioner.
McCrory, who also pleaded guilty, said Epps was the one who approached him about paying off a home. “He talked me into making that first payment,” he told the judge. “It’s something I never thought I would do, but I can’t take it back.” McCrory pleaded guilty to being a part of the same money laundering conspiracy. If Epps had not pleaded, McCrory would have been a witness against him. McCrory said he had received $2 million directly from the state Department of Corrections and another $3 million as a consultant for other companies. Epps’ sentencing is set for June 9, and McCrory is set to be sentenced June 10.