- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for a Laurel man accused of plotting to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife says he’s working on a possible plea deal.

Tom Fortner tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1Bb8O7J ) there’s no agreement yet in Richard Sager’s case.

Sager is charged with conspiracy and evidence tampering, which carry total maximum sentences of seven years in prison and $8,000 in fines.

If he pleads guilty, the only remaining defendant would be blogger Clayton Kelly of Pearl. He’s accused of photographing Rose Cochran in a nursing home on Easter.

John Mary pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy. Authorities say the fourth defendant, Ridgeland attorney Mark Mayfield, killed himself.

All four supported Cochran’s challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel has said he and his campaign had nothing to do with the incident.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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