Paul Bookout releases statement after guilty plea

Paul Bookout releases statement after guilty plea

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Former Region 8 Senator Paul Bookout plead guilty in federal court Wednesday for felony mail fraud. After the announcement was made, the following statement was released:

"I want to sincerely apologize to my family, my former constituents and the people of Arkansas," Bookout stated. "I have cooperated with both State and Federal prosecutors throughout this process. My plea today reflects my acceptance of responsibility. I plan to work with all of my ability to make this right with my family, my former constituents and my community."

Bill Stanley, Bookout's attorney, released the following statement:

"Today, Paul Bookout appeared in Federal Court and entered a plea to one count of mail fraud," the statement read. "Throughout this process, Mr. Bookout has been fully cooperative with the State and Federal officials. Now that the plea has been entered, the pre-sentencing process has begun. This process typically takes anywhere from 60 to 120 days, after which a sentencing hearing will be scheduled before the court. At this sentencing hearing, the defense will present evidence to the court on Mr. Bookout's behalf with regard to the potential sentence. Mr. Bookout's plea today reflects his acceptance of responsibility for his actions."

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