Talks about Second Plea Deal in Cochran Photo Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

The attorney for a Laurel man accused of plotting to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife says he's working on a possible plea deal.

Tom Fortner told The Clarion-Ledger there's no agreement yet in Richard Sager's case.

Sager is charged with conspiracy and evidence tampering, which carry total maximum sentences of seven years in prison and $8,000 in fines.

If he pleads guilty, the only remaining defendant would be blogger Clayton Kelly of Pearl. He's accused of photographing Rose Cochran in a nursing home on Easter.

John Mary pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy. Authorities say the fourth defendant, Ridgeland attorney Mark Mayfield, took his own life.

All four supported Cochran's challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel has said he and his campaign had nothing to do with the incident.


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