Ronnie Gilley Trying to Get Sentence Reduced

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A casino developer who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case is trying to avoid spending more than 20 years in prison.

Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley has filed court papers asking U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to sentence him to six months home confinement, three years of supervised released and extensive community service. He's seeking that rather than the long sentence provided by federal guidelines.

Gilley's court papers portray him as someone who was unsophisticated about politics and got drawn into offering bribes by others. The court papers say he's a visionary who can work to turn his BamaJam music festival site in Coffee County into a tourist destination with hotels and a golf course -- if he's not in prison.

Gilley is scheduled for sentencing July 16.


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  • by Kathy Location: Slocomb on Jul 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    Well none of the ones that were accused of takeing bribes were found guilty. So why should these guys be sentenced to long prison terms. I think communiy service, and time served should be enough. These men have families to support. Hopefully the ones that were found not guilty have learned there lession and these guys have found out that crime really doesnt pay, will be more careful in the future and make better choices.
  • by SnuffySmiff Location: Florida on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    How in the Heck can he be Guilty and Harry Ann SNIFF be innocent..????
  • by JLS Location: Dothan on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    If the people had been allowed to vote on this penny ante bingo, none of this would have happened. Bentley ran on the promise of letting us vote, then he reneged. Think about that at the next election. Even if you are against electronic bingo, you were still lied to by Bentley.
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      by Samantha on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to JLS
      No kidding Bentley is a liar!!! He lied to the people of AL to get into office!!! They all do especially those associated with the Republican Party sorry people this is the way I feel and is my opinion!!! And Democrats are not any better but at least when we had a Democrat in the White House with a Democrat Congress (Bill Clinton admin.) the economy was really good. Just remember President Obama is trying but the Republican Congress keeps trying to stop him so remember that when you vote.
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 16, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    "He tried to create jobs!," "We need more excitment in Dothan." I guess people think this mentality should get you a "Get Out Of Jail" free card. He pleaded guilty to a list of crimes. Sadly, this means little to some people. It sounds as if some need to grow up and join the real world. Obviously, some care little about corruption and political payoffs in this county. Some got off scott free, some decided to take there punishment and plead guilty. Welcome to the world of grown ups. It's not always pretty.....
  • by Al Location: Near Dothan, Al on Jul 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    If Mr. Gilley gets 20 years then Mr. Spicer should get 2o years, and there should be a probe where his wife works why she makes a huge salary and is barely at work. She has drawn a huge pay check since her employment.
  • by Vanessa Location: Dothan on Jul 14, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    This man actually put forth the effort to create jobs here in Dothan when city commissioners and the govenor wasn't trying too! At least he cared about what happens to Alabamians, the school system, which would of brought money in, he cared about the unemployment rate and most of all he wanted some form of entertainment down here; God knows Dothan needs some type of excitement down here ASAP! Gov.Riley and Bentley just don't care because if they did they would be sending more jobs to the lower parts of Alabama besides Montgomery, Huntsville and Birmingham. We need more jobs down here in dothan!
  • by Samantha Location: Dothan on Jul 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    What this man failed to do was get the Native American Indians invovled with Country Crossings unlike Milton McGregor who owns Victoryland Casino up north. If he had did this the tribe could have claimed it (CC) as FEDERAL INDIAN LAND and the AL state government (Riley and his bunch of well we won't go there) could not touch him cause it would be Federal Property. Guess what it does not bother me that people go and gamble their money away no one has a gun to your hand forcing you to put a quarter in the machine and pull the handle. Gilley just wasn't smart about it like McGregor that's all. I think since the government lost their case against the rest of them I think that Ronnie Gilley should be set free too!
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      by idiot alert ^^^ on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:13 AM in reply to Samantha
      Milton did not work with the indians. He is closed. He is closed cause the blowhard gilley could not keep his mouth shut and threatened the governor to come arrest him. He was the king of the brown bag payout as well. He is a despicable human being who conned people and cheated on his lovely wife all the time
  • by Sheldon Location: Enterprise on Jul 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    Ronnie borrowed money from my family and will never pay them back. He is truly awful at life.
  • by BG Location: Another state now on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
    Lock him up and throw away the key on this con man. Judge thompson should not fall for this con. He is filing bankruptcy after conning people his whole life. @Hopefully he gets 26 years. All he has done is hurt people with his deciet.
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 10, 2012 at 04:06 AM
    I guess if two people commit an armed robbery, one pleads guilty and one is found innocent, we should let both go free. Now, that makes a lot of sense. Maybe, we should let everyone out of prison who has pleaded guilty to a list of crimes. It would free up some needed prison space. Give me a break...This "He could do no wrong" attitude is getting ridiculous.
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