Kott to plead guilty to single bribery count
Plea could end years of legal wrangling for former ER politician
Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.
Kott’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Kott was originally convicted in 2007 on three counts of bribery and extortion for his dealings with former VECO CEO Bill Allen. A federal appeals court threw out those convictions in 2009 after Kott had served about a year of his six-year prison sentence when it was revealed prosecutors had withheld evidence in the case that could have hurt Allen’s credibility as a witness. Kott has been free since June, 2009.
After the appeals court decision, several prosecutors withdrew from the case, according to court documents.
Prosecutors planned to try Kott again later this year, but the change of plea likely means Kott’s attorneys and prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office have reached a resolution in the case.
Kott, a Republican, represented Eagle River for 14 years in the Alaska State House.
Neither prosecutors nor Kott’s attorney, Seattle’s Peter Camiel, said they could comment on the case.
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