Miss. Gulf Coast businessman sentenced in Epps bribery scandal

Coast consultant Robert Simmons provided the government “substantial assistance at great risk” in the federal bribery investigation that netted former Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Christopher Epps and others, Simmons attorney K.C. Hightower said Thursday before his client was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

Before the hearing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed under seal a record that detailed Simmons’ cooperation, a cryptic court discussion revealed. Simmons pleaded guilty in February to a bribery charge.

Clarion Ledger