US marshals arrest former Mississippi prisons chief Epps

Christopher Epps (Photo from Flowood Police)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – U.S. marshals have arrested former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps following allegations that he stole outdoor lights from a home he forfeited in a corruption case.

His attorney, John Colette tells The Associated Press that marshals took Epps into custody about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Collette says Epps forfeited an upscale house 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.

Court records show a hearing is set for Thursday afternoon. A judge could consider revoking Epps’ bond.

Flowood police charged Epps with burglary Tuesday after he allegedly removed lights that illuminate trees, and a timer that controls them, from the forfeited house.

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