BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Former DMR director Dr. Bill Walker is hoping a judge will take it easy on him during his sentencing on Monday. Friday, attorneys for Walker filed a request asking a judge to give him a more lenient sentencing for his guilty plea.
In March, Walker pleaded guilty to one court of conspiracy involving the use of federal money he controlled at the DMR. He could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
That probably won't happen because of the plea deal, in which four other charges against him will likely be dropped. But at the time of his guilty plea, federal prosecutors would not rule out jail time.
Attorneys say the guidelines given for Walker's sentencing are not suitable for someone who did not commit a violent crime and has no prior criminal history. They also point out that Walker has taken full responsibility for his actions and has agreed to pay $572,000 restitution.