ABERDEEN – Timothy Balducci, the Scruggs scandal co-defendant who turned informant, is still in the Monroe County jail, according to Monroe County Jail Administrator Danny Starks.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Web Site said Monday Balducci was not in Bureau of Prisons custody. Starks said he had no idea where that information came from.
Since March 25, he was serving his 24-month prison time in a federal facility in Estill, S.C., then was moved to the Monroe County Jail while U.S. prosecutors prepared for a possible trial against then-Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
He’s been in Monroe County ever since, and he was expected to get a sentence reduction for his cooperation in the judicial bribery scandal involving Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford and four others.
Balducci, 42, was scheduled for prison release by Dec. 19, 2010.
DeLaughter pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will begin his prison term Jan. 4.
NEMS Daily Journal