- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed Thursday’s sentencing of a former prison phone consultant who pleaded guilty to bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.

Sam Waggoner was scheduled for sentencing Thursday. But Nick Bain, his defense lawyer, says prosecutors and Waggoner agreed to the delay after the judge decided Monday to hold a hearing in June to assign a value of the losses to state government because of the $1.47 million in bribes Epps took.

Some contracts involved Waggoner, who pleaded guilty in August to one bribery count. The Carthage man says he paid more than $108,000 in kickbacks to Epps. Waggoner faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, and has agreed to forfeit $200,000.

Bain says sentencing will be reset following the June 9 hearing.

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