HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant will spend five years behind bars for the part he played in a bribery scandal. Savant was sentenced Thursday morning in federal court.
Savant showed no emotion when this maximum sentence was imposed.
As we first reported, Savant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. He admitted that while serving on the Harrison County Utility Authority Board, he took money in exchange for votes favoring Sean Anthony's contracting company.
Judge Sul Ozerden called the offense a serious crime that violates the trust in public officials. The judge said it's difficult for citizens to have faith in democracy if they can't trust public officials.
Before sentencing, Savant addressed the court, offering a public apology to the citizens of Harrison County and his friends for making a "very bad decision."
Savant was accompanied to court by a group of 20 or so family members and friends. Several openly wept when the sentence was announced.
After serving five years, Savant will have two years of supervised release. He will have to pay a $20,000 fine.
Steve Phillips was in the courtroom this morning and will have a live report on WLOX News at Midday.