Crime

Kim Savant, ex-county supervisor, reports to prison camp

AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALDKim Savant resigned as a Harrison County supervisor, after seven years in office, before he appeared in federal court in December on public corruption charges. On Tuesday, he began serving a five-year sentence for conspiracy to commit bribery.
AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALDKim Savant resigned as a Harrison County supervisor, after seven years in office, before he appeared in federal court in December on public corruption charges. On Tuesday, he began serving a five-year sentence for conspiracy to commit bribery.

GULFPORT -- Former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant reported Tuesday to a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Ala., to begin serving his five-year sentence for public corruption.

The Bureau of Prisons describes the prison as a camp with dormitories. Its handbook and orientation guides says: "You will find ample movement and less direct supervision than you might normally expect. This privilege carries with it a great responsibility on your part to see that the functions of the camp are properly carried out."

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Savant on Oct. 1 to five years in prison, the maximum under federal sentencing guidelines, for conspiracy to commit bribery. With time reduced for good behavior, he would serve about 85 percent of the sentence.

Savant accepted $37,500 in bribes from Harrison County Utility Authority contractor Sean Anthony in exchange for supporting Anthony's contracts with the Utility Authority. Anthony, who also pleaded guilty, has admitted he gave Savant $1,500 cash a month from January 2011 through January 2013.

Anthony's sentencing has been delayed at the request of federal prosecutors, who say he is fulfilling obligations set out in his plea agreement.

Savant, 65, served on the Utility Authority as a representative of the Board of Supervisors. He resigned as a supervisor after seven years in office and just before he answered charges in the federal case.

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