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Contractor's sentencing in HCUA probe moved to October

Contractor Sean Anthony walks into court and enters a guilty plea in federal court. (Photo source: WLOX) Contractor Sean Anthony walks into court and enters a guilty plea in federal court. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Sean Anthony must wait two more months before he learns his fate.  His sentencing hearing has been pushed to early October.
  
Anthony is the contractor who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.  In the March court appearance, he admitted to a federal judge he bribed former Harrison County Utility Authority Executive Director Kamran Pahlavan and former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant in exchange for contracts for his company.
  
Originally, Anthony’s sentencing date was August 3.  It’s now October 5.

Prosecutors said they had evidence Anthony made monthly payments to Savant and gave Pahlavan and his family cars, Saints tickets, hotel rooms, free home repairs and numerous other things between 2007 and 2013. Anthony’s defense attorney is Joe Sam Owen. “In the two years I represented Sean, he has answered each and every question and when they asked him about A he answered, when they asked him about B he answered it and those constituted a violation,” he said March 10 after Anthony entered his guilty plea. “He's looking forward to the point in time when he can get closure.”

At that plea hearing, it was reported the plea deal Anthony accepted recommends a judge sentence Anthony to the lower 25 percent of the guidelines. That determination will be made on October 5. “He's a young man and he did what he was supposed to, admitted his guilt,” said Owen.

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