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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2015 file photo, state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, speaks at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. A former health care executive has admitted to taking part in a conspiracy to bribe the Arkansas governor's nephew. Robin Raveendran pleaded guilty Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. The former executive vice president of Preferred Family Healthcare says he and others bribed former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson in exchange for him backing legislative actions to benefit Preferred Family. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Former Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has pleaded guilty in federal court to another bribery charge.

Hutchinson, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery regarding “his role in a multi-million-dollar public corruption scheme that involved embezzlement, bribes and illegal campaign contributions for elected public officials,” a news release by the office of the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Missouri states.

Hutchinson is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000 for this charge.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled following a pre-sentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

On June 25, Hutchinson pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Arkansas to accepting bribes and falsifying tax records, affirming during a court hearing that he received thousands of dollars from lobbyists seeking to influence state policy. Hutchinson faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison for those charges.

The lawmaker, a nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, resigned his Senate seat after a federal grand jury indicted him last August for misusing campaign money and knowingly underreporting thousands of dollars in taxes.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

CORRECTION: Hutchinson pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Arkansas on June 25. An earlier version of this story listed the wrong court.


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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 8, 2019 at 11:14 a.m.

    this guy should die in prison.
    hope the boys start taking out their frustrations on silver spoon panty boys like GERM

  • joedog
    July 8, 2019 at 1:33 p.m.

    “Die in prison” is pretty harsh. He’ll regret it everyday for the rest of his life, for sure. Made some bad decisions he’ll pay for the rest of his life. What if he did his time then lived out the rest of his life helping others truly in need? Wouldn’t that be better?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 8, 2019 at 3:14 p.m.

    of course.
    because he'll be going to some golf course anyway.
    just a bit of outrage for the golden calf here

  • rgh48
    July 8, 2019 at 3:25 p.m.

    My guess is he cut a deal and will be naming names PDG

  • LRDawg
    July 8, 2019 at 3:43 p.m.

    Republican (adj) - person who cheats, lies, and steals for political gain

  • LR1955
    July 8, 2019 at 4:41 p.m.

    Democrat (adj) - person who cheats, lies, and steals for personal gain. (sarc)
    Stupid to throw every Republican (or Democrat) into the same box (for the bad activities of a few)

  • mrcharles
    July 8, 2019 at 5:03 p.m.

    They say he rubbed shoulders with a lot of republicans, not sure that makes them automatically crooks. Of course I know that only goes one way from reading the usual suspects here.

    Remember a thug is a thug and a crook is a crook regardless of how it butters their bread.