Monday, June 27, 2011

Alabama gambling trial starts 4th week

MONTGOMERY — Alabama's gambling corruption trial is beginning its fourth week with Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley returning to the witness stand.Gilley is one of three people who have pleaded guilty in the case. He testified Friday that one of the defendants in the case, VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, provided millions to develop Country Crossing in Dothan.
Gilley also testified about promising significant campaign support for indicted state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb. Smith initially opposed the Country Crossing development, but later embraced it. She says she changed her position because that's what her constituents wanted.
Gilley's plea agreement with the prosecution calls for him to get more than 20 years in prison, but his testimony could help him get a shorter sentence.

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