Sentencing Delayed for Former Tennessee State Senator

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Sentencing has been delayed until January 17th for former state Senator Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga on his guilty plea to bribery in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal.

The 78-year-old Crutchfield was to have been sentenced November 28th but it's been postponed to give him more time to supply medical records to the Bureau of Prisons.

He pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but as a first-time offender he will face a much lighter punishment.

Crutchfield pleaded guilty to taking $3,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of a computer and electronics company called E-Cycle Management.

E-Cycle was a fake company created by the FBI.


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