Ala. Casino Boss Gets Delay in Going to Prison

Sep 19, 2012

A federal judge has pushed back the date for Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley to report to prison.

Gilley was scheduled to begin his sentence of six years and eight months on Sept. 24, but U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Tuesday pushing it back Tuesday until Oct. 9 because Gilley is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. Court records about the type of surgery were sealed at Gilley's request.

Gilley's attorney is seeking a longer delay to allow him time to recover. The judge said prosecutors agreed to a two-week delay while they look at whether a longer extension is warranted.

Gilley pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation designed to keep his Dothan casino operating during a state crackdown on electronic bingo games.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.