Former Smithville, Miss., coach Dwight Bowling has asked the U.S. District Court to set aside or reconsider his sentence to multiple guilty pleas that he transported minor males across state lines for sex.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Bowling's motion, filed Thursday, states that even though he should have received a sentence in the 135-168 months range, then-Judge W. Allen Pepper was wrong to boost his time to 300 months because the government did not ask for a stronger sentence.
In appealing for leniency, he blames his trial attorney, Christi R. McCoy, for missing an appeals deadline with the 5th Circuit. He also asks for a hearing on his issues.
The case is now presided over by Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson after Pepper's sudden death in 2011.