HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX)
Scott Walker wants to spend the rest of his 18-month prison sentence in a halfway house or on house arrest. Attorney Arthur Madden filed a motion Friday, asking U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to consider recommending the move.
Starrett sentenced Walker to prison in July of 2014 after he pleaded guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges. Walker reported to Pensacola FCI on December 1, 2014.
Walker’s motion said release from the Pensacola facility will allow him to get a job so he can start paying back the $390,000 he owes in restitution. It also claims Walker can receive more specialized treatment for a broken back he suffered in a 2011 plane crash.
During his sentencing, Walker showed remorse for the part he played in a scheme to sell land he owned with his father to the state through the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.
Dr. Bill Walker, former Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the corruption case.
Scott Walker also admitted to working with former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus to defraud the city out of $180,000.
Janus was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in the scheme. Janus was transferred to a halfway house in July.