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Federal prosecutors seek to reduce sentence of former Corrections Secretary James Crosby



Former Corrections Secretary James V. Crosby is getting a little help from the federal prosecutors who put him behind bars.

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill Tuesday asked a federal judge to reduce Crosby’s 31-month prison sentence as a reward for helping catch two Gainesville men who have now gone to prison for paying kickbacks to Crosby and others.

Crosby was scheduled to testify against Edward Lee Dugger and Joseph Arthur Deese last year when both pled guilty last year. They have since been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

Dugger and Deese were accused of paying Crosby and another prison official $130,000 and promised an additional $260,000 to officials at Keefe Commissary, a vendor that operates canteens in all Florida prisons.

Crosby helped convict Dugger and Deese with a secret recording of a conversation with Dugger and former Keefe Commissary President Jack Donnelly. Prosecutors say his help merits 15 months off of his original sentence, which would keep him behind bars until May 2014.

Crosby went to prison in April 2007 after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors in return for a reduced sentence. In addition to nearly 8 years in prison he was ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say he still owes $124,560.

Lucy Morgan, Times senior correspondent

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:53am]


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