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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