Gilley Begins Sentence

Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley has reported to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta to begin serving a sentence of six years and eight months for offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

He was originally scheduled to report Aug. 27. He has received delays to allow him to pay for unspecified surgery and recovery rather than having the federal Bureau of Prisons pay for it.

Federal prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said Gilley reported to the Atlanta prison Monday afternoon as scheduled.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has previously granted the Enterprise businessman four delays in reporting to prison because of his health.

Gilley pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators. Reporting dates to prison have been delayed because of the surgery. The type of operation has not been disclosed.