Former Millington mayor pleads guilty
MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Richard Hodges, former mayor for the City of Millington, has entered a guilty plea to the charge of facilitation of bribery.
Hodges was charged with three counts of bribery stemming from an alleged gambling and bribery ring.
Sentencing is expected to take place in October.
The following statement was issued by Tommy Parker of Baker Donelson: “From the start, this case has been difficult for Mr. Hodges. His wife, Rita, died the day before law enforcement officers executed search warrants in this matter and interviewed him. In January of 2012, Mr. Hodges resigned from his position as mayor so the City of Millington could move forward while this case proceeded. He has incurred significant financial burdens, and for the last year has also been facing major health issues and is currently battling prostate cancer. Mr. Hodges deeply regrets any distraction this case has brought to the people of Millington. His hope is that by entering this plea he will bring resolution to this matter, allowing him to focus on his recovery and bringing closure to members of his community.”