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Former MDOC head now in federal custody, bond hearing set

JACKSON, MISS– Former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has been taken into the custody of U.S. Marshals. 

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate has confirmed to News Mississippi that a hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon. This hearing could determine whether or not his bond is revoked.

Epps was taken into federal custody Thursday morning, following an arrest on burglary charges from Flowood Police on Tuesday after he was spotted going to his federally forfeited home and taking light fixtures and other items.

The home was federally forfeited in April of 2015, when Epps plead guilty to bribery charges. Since then, Epps has been out on bond awaiting sentencing, which after being rescheduled three times, was set Monday for May 2017.

Epps faces 23 years in prison, plus forfeiting $1.7 million in assets.

This is a developing story, News Mississippi will continue to update.

 

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