Former Mississippi prison boss Chris Epps in court over burglary charge

Christopher Epps (Photo from Flowood Police)
Christopher Epps (Photo from Flowood Police)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon for a burglary charge.

Epps admitted in court to taking outdoor floodlights from his old home in Flowood. He said it was a terrible mistake.

Christopher Epps (Photo from Flowood Police)
Christopher Epps (Photo from Flowood Police)

The property was seized during a bribery and contract scandal investigation. Epps forfeited the home to the federal government earlier this year as part of the punishment for corruption charges to which he pleaded guilty to in 2015.

Epps has remained out on $25,000 bond as he awaits sentencing next May. Thursday’s hearing was to determine if Epps’ bond should be rekoved because of the recent burglary charge.

The former Mississippi prison boss said in court he was putting up lights for Halloween outside his current home when he realized that he didn’t have any outdoor lights. He said he went back to his former home to get some.

He admitted that he was wrong and that he shouldn’t have returned to the home. A judge now wants to determine the state of Epps’ sobriety when the crime happened.

Court will resume Friday at 3 p.m.

 

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