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August 22, 2013

Christopher Adam McGraw, last of Kimberly gambling probe defendants, is sentenced

The last of the six men indicted in the federal probe of gambling and bribery in Kimberly has learned his fate.

According to court records, a federal judge in Huntsville sentenced Christopher Adam McGraw to nine months of prison time plus three years of probation for his role in illegal gambling operations plus the bribery of then-mayor Craig Harris.

McGraw must also pay a $5,000 fine.

McGraw is the last of six defendants to be indicted in the investigation, during which Harris worked for the FBI by secretly recording them offering or paying him bribes to keep the city’s police away from houses where electronic gambling machines were operating. The investigation took place in 2010 and 2011.

All six defendants reached plea deals with federal prosecutors. The others:

  • Robert Taylor, who was sentenced last month to six months in prison, six months home confiement and two years probation;
  • John Lynwood Taylor, sentenced in June to seven months in prison, seven months of home confinement, three years probation and a $4,000 fine;
  • Kyle Sloan, sentenced to 14 weekends in jail and five years probation;
  • Daniel “Boone” Stone, who received one year of probation and a fine of $1,000;
  • Carl Scoggins, sentenced to nine months in prison and nine months home confinement.

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