Backstrom granted prison choice

Attorney Sidney Backstrom has been notified that he should report to a low-security prison camp in Arkansas to spend 28 months in prison for conspiring with Dickie Scruggs to bribe a state court judge.

Backstrom had asked when he was sentenced to serve his time in Arkansas because he will be near his wife’s family. His attorney was notified by federal court officials that he should report by 2 p.m., Aug. 4 to the Federal Correctional Institution Satellite Camp in Forrest City, Ark.

Scruggs, who was sentenced to five years for leading the conspiracy, hopes to serve his time in a low-security facility near Pensacola, where his son, Zach Scruggs, also hopes to be housed for his 14-month sentence. Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty to a lesser offense: failure to report a felony.

Sun Herald