ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) – A Calhoun County supervisor plans to plead guilty to a federal charge that he solicited bribes.
The trial of Earnest M. Fox of Bruce, set for Monday, was postponed until Nov. 7. Fox was indicted in December on two counts of interference with commerce by extortion and is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Fox faces up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. However, a filing Friday by lawyer Kevin Horan says Fox is negotiating a guilty plea in exchange for prosecutors recommending that Fox be sentenced to a special program. Horan sought the delay because the program isn’t yet operating.
The indictment against Fox states he sought bribes from a log hauler twice in 2015, first as a campaign contribution, and then directly to himself.