Kott to change plea in corruption trial

Guilty plea could end years of lengthy courtroom drama


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Former Eagle River Rep. Pete Kott on Thursday filed a motion to change his plea in an ongoing federal corruption case.

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Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Thursday to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.

Kott was originally convicted in 2007 on three counts of bribery and extortion for his dealings with former VECO CEO Bill Allen, but those convictions were thrown out in 2009 after Kott had served nearly two years in prison. Prosecutors planned to try Kott again, but the change of plea could mean Kott's attorneys and prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office have reached a resolution in the case.

Neither prosecutors nor Kott's attorney, Seattle's Peter Camiel, said they could comment on the case.

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