Sentencing Dates Set for Former State Legislators

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) – Sentencing dates have been set for former State Senator Jon Woods, former State Representative Micah Neal and their co-conspirators in the Ecclesia College kickback corruption case.

Woods, Randell Shelton Jr. and Oren Paris III will all be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Sept. 5 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Timothy L. Brooks will preside over the sentencing.

Neal’s sentencing date will be 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 in the same court. Brooks will preside.

Woods and Shelton, a consulting firm owner, were found guilty on 12 of 15 charges. 

Neal and Paris, Ecclesia College president, pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government.

According to the prosecution, Ecclesia College received $621,500 in general improvement fund grants from September 2013 to December 2014. Out of those funds, $267,500 was made out to Paradigm, LLP, a consulting firm owned by Shelton, in check form.

Out of that $267,500 in funds, $40,000 was transferred directly to Jon Woods. The rest of the money was cashed out by Shelton the next day. Shelton is Woods’ co-defendant and faces 15 charges.

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