GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant was expected in a federal courtroom next week. But, that July 30 sentencing hearing has been delayed. Court documents say Savant will now be sentenced October 1.
Back in December, Savant resigned from his seat on the board of supervisors. Moments later, he walked into the federal courthouse in downtown Gulfport and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Savant admitted that while serving on the Harrison County Utility Authority, he took money in exchange for votes.
Before a judge would accept his plea, the government detailed Savant's role in the scheme. Savant accepted $36,000 over a two year period from a company and in return voted in favor of awarding contracts and payments to that company. His attorney is Bill Kirksey. "Kim is an honorable man and he has accepted full responsibility for his conduct which quite frankly was a lapse in judgement at the time," Kirksey said moments after the guilty plea was entered.