GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced coast businessman Robert Simmons to serve 87 months in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for his part in an MDOC bribery scandal.
The judge took into consideration Simmons' lack of criminal history, lengthy employment, and the fact that he realized the seriousness of the offense.
Moments before the sentence was read, Simmons, 60, apologized to the court, his wife, and everyone he affected by his lack of judgment.
In February, Simmons pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges surrounding a kickback scheme involving former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps and former Harrison County Supervisor William Martin. Simmons was a consultant for companies that were awarded contracts by MDOC.
Simmons' sentence also includes three years of probation after he is released from prison.