Gilley Speaks Out about Prison Sentence

Montgomery, AL - Ronnie Gilley, Jarrod Massey, and Terry Spicer receive their sentence after pleading guilty in an Alabama Statehouse corruption case.

Throughout the daylong hearing Monday, we heard tearful pleas of leniency. Once the sentences were announced many were stunned, and Ronnie Gilley's wife, Deidra, burst into tears.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Monday night sentenced bingo developer Ronnie Gilley to nearly seven years in prison, lobbyist Jarrod Massey to more than five years in prison and former state Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba to almost five years in prison.

Gilley and his wife grasped hands as they exited the federal courthouse in Montgomery Monday evening. Knowing he has just six weeks before he will spend the next seven years in federal prison.

“I'm going to be doing a lot of praying and a lot of work too,” said Gilley.

During the hearing, Gilley said hundreds of jobs at Bama Jam Farms would be in danger if he went to prison. But he's hopeful this sentence won't be detrimental to complex.

“We will be the premiere entertainment capital of the world. We've been saying that since day one. Hopefully something good will come out of this.”

Gilley pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery charges to legislators for support of pro gambling legislation. Nine others went to trial and were acquitted of all charges.

“I'm accepting responsibility for the crimes that I’ve committed and the mistakes that I’ve made. As far as me elaborating on the other two trials, I think everybody's been through enough. I think it is time to move past this issue. Let's get this state back on the right track again,” he said.

Gilley says he's a better person because of the guilty plea.

“I'm not the person i was three years ago, and I'm thankful for that. As hard as it is to say this is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

All three remain free on bond until they report to prison on or before August 27.

Former lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy also pleaded guilty to conspiracy. She will be sentenced in August.


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  • by rodsmith on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    it's sad and unfair i know I. arlyin but becasue of the govt's illegal and criminal conduct it's pretty much required UNLESS you KNOW you can prove you did nothing and these days about the only way to prove to a jury that is IRONCLAD evidence you were SOMEWHERE else when it all happned.
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      by Unbelievable on Jul 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM in reply to rodsmith
      rodsmith - piece of work.
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        by rodsmith on Jul 20, 2012 at 07:56 AM in reply to Unbelievable
        well i could say it "takes one to know one!" but i won't bother! I'll just say if you can find it mentioned ANYWHERE in our constution that your allowed to drag someone into a jury trial over and over and over and over and over and over till you get the verdict you want! I'll eat your copy of said document! Sorry under our constution a jury is only supposed to have TWO choices....GUILTY or NOT GUILTY! failure to get off their tails and do their DUTY and make a decison is NOT one of them. Of course our founders knew their duty. It's why they did not put in the other two options today's jokers called citizens seem to want! INNOOCENT and WE DON'T KNOW!
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          by SouthernPatriot on Jul 20, 2012 at 08:26 AM in reply to rodsmith
          Sorry, but you should really take the time to read our Constitution. It does not say or imply that a court will render a verdict of "guilty" or "not guilty." (Maybe review the Sixth Amendment) The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure state, "The verdict must be unanimous...If there are multiple defendants, the jury may return a verdict at any time during its deliberations as to any defendant about whom it has agreed...If the jury cannot agree on all counts as to any defendant, the jury may return a verdict on those counts on which it has agreed...If the jury cannot agree on a verdict on one or more counts, the court may declare a mistrial on those counts. A hung jury does not imply either the defendant's guilt or innocence. The government may retry any defendant on any count on which the jury could not agree." I agree, our forefathers got it right. They us the basic concept, and allowed it to evolve into the justice system we have today. It helps to research an argument...before you present it.
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          by Bunny on Jul 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM in reply to rodsmith
          Rodsmith, why do you ALWAYS claim this or that about what you think is in the Constitution, but you don't EVER even spell it correctly? If you actually knew what was in our Constitution, you'd be intelligent enough to know how to spell it. It is NOT "constution".
  • by rodsmith on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    well sounthernpatriot considering the 1000's of people who were convicted and served somtimes DECADES for crimes it turned out they DIDN'T DO! and with our govts current fad of stacking and stacking of charges combined with their new rule that if your charged with 100 crimes and they only get a conviction on ONE they will STILL sentence you as if you were convicted on the entire ONE HUNDRED only a fool would go to trial.
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      by I. Arlyin on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to rodsmith
      So you're saying go before the judge and say I'm guilty, I want my 3 hots and a cot now ! Save the tax payers money and take your punishment. I think that is a acceptible way to do things. Who knows he may have got house arrest, if he'd did this long before now.
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      by Southern Patriot on Jul 19, 2012 at 05:49 AM in reply to rodsmith
      RG pleaded GUILTY to offenses that are considered crimes in this country. If you don't like the laws, write a politician. But for people to say he should be released because he helped the community or created jobs is silly and childish. Using that immature logic, all a criminal needs do is start a company, create jobs, and he's a pillar of society, regardless of the crimes he may commit. RG has admitted to these crimes and has accepted his punishment..others should follow his lead.
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 18, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    It really is pitiful when some believe a confessed criminal should not go to jail. It tells us volumes about the society we live in. Provide a service for the community...and you should automatically get a "Get out of jail" free card...sad...
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      by Bunny on Jul 21, 2012 at 07:42 PM in reply to SouthernPatriot
      I think some of these posters on here, more than likely ARE criminals. That's why they defend other criminals.
  • by rodsmith on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    What's really sad is it just proves to EVERYONE to NEVER EVER cooperate with law enforcment! If this is the way they REWARD those who HELP THEM! funny that the only ones who went to jail are those who PLEAD GUILTY!
  • by al Location: daleville on Jul 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
    I think its terrible to put someone in jail who has so much to contribute to community and job creation in this area
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    It's sad Gilley was responsible for the livelihood of people who worked for him. I really feel for these folks. Ronnie Gilley should have thought more about these people before he decided to break the law. It appears he didn't think it through too well....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    Romans 8:28-31. Go into prison to testify for God. Some lessons can't be learned by words you have to live it to be able to understand. You can talk to these prisoners about their place in the world. Sure you're in prison but so much can be done, that couldn't be done if you are not there.God has a plan, let him handle it.
  • by chasity mitchell Location: opp al on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    I BELIEVE THE SENTENCE WAS A BIT HARSH AS GILLEY HAS GIVEN TO THE GOOD OF THE WIREGRASS...NONE OF THESE ARE GIVING THE MONIES BACK....SO KEEP ON KEEPN ON RONNIE
  • by Family member that works for this man Location: Daleville on Jul 17, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    Bama farms may loss a lot of good works because of his sentence but what bothers' me more. Is people who work now are recieving pay check that once deposited are bouncing and that persons bank is charging them for a bounce check due insuffienant funds. District attorny office might want to take a look at the problem, especially after there bogs run this past weekend and funds are already gone, and he can't pay employees.
  • by James Location: Daleville on Jul 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
    Justice was not served in Montgomery. The two takers received less prison time than the working man. The person that was trying to create jobs and make a living got punished. The two takers one that was robbing the Alabama tax payer by double dipping in state salary got the less time. The clown that was a lobbyist that created the mess should have got the full term of 11 years for being such an incompetent clown. Justice once again fails the working men and women of Alabama.
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