- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A businessman is asking to serve the last half of his 18-month sentence outside of prison in a public corruption case connected to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Scott Walker reported to federal prison in December 2014 and is scheduled for release in March 2016.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1TCIsrW ) Walker filed papers Friday asking a federal judge to move him to a halfway house or home confinement. Walker says he needs specialized treatment for a 2011 back injury. He also says he wants to work to pay the $390,000 he owes in restitution.

He and his father, former Marine Resources director Bill Walker, pleaded guilty to conspiring in 2011 to defraud the federal government.

Bill Walker is serving five years in a federal prison in Louisiana.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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