Two in bribery case to be sentenced Monday

Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.

Former Levy County Commissioner Sammy Yearty, 63, and Cross City public works superintendent Johnny Miller Greene are both scheduled for sentencing hearings to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the federal courthouse in Gainesville.

Yearty's attorney has filed a request to be allowed two hours to present witnesses on Yearty's behalf.

The sentencing for former Cross City police chief and suspended Town Council member Marcellus Dawson, 74, has been moved to July 6. The delay was granted after Dawson's attorney explained that since Dawson suffered a stroke last year, his mental state has apparently deteriorated and - due to medical insurance requirements - he could not receive the neurological care and evaluation he needs for at least a few more weeks.

The men are among officials in Levy and Dixie counties who were approached by an undercover FBI agent from New Jersey who was posing as a representative of a development company. During secretly taped conversations, the agent told the officials he was willing to pay bribes to ensure that the fictitious firm's plans did not encounter any stumbling blocks in the coastal counties.

Former Dixie County commissioners Alton Land and John Driggers are serving federal prison sentences of three years and one month. Billy Keen Jr., Dixie County's former building and zoning inspector, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison and three years of probation.

Former Levy County commissioner Robert Anthony "Tony" Parker, 49, was sentenced to five years of probation, to begin with six months of house arrest.

The only woman charged in the case - Pamela Williams Blair - is the former executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council.

She was charged with giving a false statement to the FBI, and her trial is set to begin on June 1.

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