Although federal prosecutors recommended probation, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers sentenced Zach Scruggs, 33, to 14 months in prison and fined him $250,000 for having after-the-knowledge of a scheme to bribe a Lafayette County judge to get a favorable ruling in a legal fees dispute.
“I wish I could go back and change it. I should have stopped what happened. I should have objected,” he told the judge. “My challenge now is to rebuild my life.”
Under a plea agreement, prosecutors had recommended probation, but U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers concluded the younger Scruggs needed to spend time behind bars for his crime.