Former official convicted of bribery asks Obama for release

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – A former Harrison County supervisor who pleaded guilty to bribery is asking President Barack Obama to let him out of prison.

Kim Savant pleaded guilty without indictment to taking $1,500 a month in bribes from contractor Sean Anthony while serving on the board of the county’s utility authority. He got the maximum five-year sentence.

Anthony was indicted in February 2015. He pleaded guilty that March to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, and got house arrest.

Savant’s application for clemency cites his age and health problems. He is in his 60s.

The president has commuted hundreds of federal sentences this year, but most were sentences for drug crimes.

In an email to The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2cZxpXf ), Savant says he feels that nobody is speaking for the white-collar crowd.

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