UPDATE: Shoemaker loses bid for more free time


OXFORD – Convicted Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker apparently will go to prison by Nov. 1 after a federal judge denied his request for bond.
Shoemaker made the request to allow him to remain free while his appeal is considered at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Friday, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. said no, noting he’d already given Shoemaker 38 days from sentencing to “get his affairs in order.”
He faces a 55-month sentence after a jury convicted him in a kickback-bribery scheme while he was a top executive at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Biggers threw out two counts and granted him a new trial on another, but seven convictions remain.
Shoemaker insists he is not guilty and asks the appeals court to agree.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will designate where he will serve his time.

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