Dan Morales Plea Deal to Include Four Years in Prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/03

Dan Morales Plea Deal to Include Four Years in Prison

Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales pleaded guilty on Thursday to mail fraud and tax charges. That's according to Daryl Fields. He's a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton.

Fields says Morales has agreed to accept a four-year prison sentence as part of his guilty pleas to two of the 12 counts in a federal indictment. The plea deal must still be accepted by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin before it can take effect.

Fields says the 10 other counts of his indictment would be dismissed under the deal. Those counts included conspiracy and false-swearing counts. Morales had been accused of trying to get millions of dollars in legal fees resulting from the state's $17.3 billion tobacco settlement in 1998.

He previously had pleaded innocent to the charges.

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