Ex-immigration official pleads to corruption

DETROIT (AP) -- A former federal official accused of accepting bribes to release illegal immigrants has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in Detroit.

Fifty-five-year-old Roy M. Bailey of Romulus, Mich., pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failing to report a felony.

Bailey was acting director for detention and removal operations in the Detroit office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prosecutors say one person he illegally released later killed a college student and was convicted of murder.

Bailey faces up to 37 months in prison and a $75,000 fine under a plea agreement. Sentencing is set for Nov. 21.

Defense attorney Michael Starr did not respond to a message seeking comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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