Marion Woman Sentenced by Federal Judge for Accepting Grand Jury Bribe

DECEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge has sentenced a Crittenden County woman to almost three years in prison and ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine.  That's the amount of a bribe she was convicted of accepting while sitting on a grand jury.

The sentence was levied on 42-year-old Lanna Morrison yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.  She was convicted of taking a bribe to leak grand jury testimony.

At trial, Morrison denied taking any money from a neighbor, Larry Scott Goodwin, to divulge grand jury information that is to be held secret under federal law.  Morrison sat on the federal grand jury that indicted John "Josh" Cecil and his father, John "Sudie" Cecil, in a drug conspiracy case.

The Cecils gave Goodwin, a childhood friend of Josh Cecil, the money to bribe Morrison.  She told Goodwin that a witness had testified against the father and son, and he relayed the information to the Cecils.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)