Former State Senator Jon Woods Appeals Conviction

Former State Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, has appealed the conviction and sentence of 18 years and four months in federal prison handed down by U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks  for Woods’ involvement in a widespread kickback and bribery scheme that included Ecclesia College.

The notice of appeal was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Along with the notice, Woods’ attorney Patrick Benca of Little Rock filed a motion for Woods to be released on bond while the appeal is pending and a 22-page brief in support of the motion.

On Sept. 5, Brooks sentenced Woods to 220 months in federal prison. He also ordered Woods, 41, to pay $1.621 million in restitution, a more than $1 million forfeiture money judgement and a $1,500 special assessment for the 15 counts on which he was found guilty. Woods is required to report to prison by 1 p.m. Sept. 26 and will remain out of jail on his existing bond until then. When released, he’ll have three years of supervised release and must notify his probation officer before opening a bank account.    MORE

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