Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley released from federal prison

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 19, 2016 at 8:27 AM CDT
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The man behind the development of the now defunct Country Crossing was recently released from a federal prison in Talladega. He is now in a halfway house program.

Gilley began serving an 80-month sentence in November, 2012 after pleading guilty to bribery and other charges. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, earlier this year, shaved eight months off the prison term though his order is sealed and not available for public view.

Gilley was among more than 10 people indicted on charges they played a role in buying or attempting to buy pro-gambling votes in the Alabama Legislature.

Country Crossing and other casinos had been closed by state agents for violating state laws. Gilley was among four people who pleaded guilty—the others went to trial and were found innocent.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons records show that Gilley is now assigned to a residential re-entry field office at Maxwell. It’s not clear whether he is actually housed there or somewhere else.

Thompson ordered that Gilley be assigned to a facility close to Enterprise, his hometown, as possible.

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