Boltons denied acquittal, new trial - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

breaking

Boltons denied acquittal, new trial

Charles and Linda Bolton/Photo credit: WDAM Charles and Linda Bolton/Photo credit: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Former Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife Linda have been denied their request for an acquittal and new trial.

The ruling was issued Friday afternoon by District Judge Keith Starrett, regarding their Sept. 15, 2016, conviction for attempted tax evasion and filing false tax returns.

“After considering the submissions of the parties, the record, and the applicable law, the court finds that these motions are not well taken and should be denied,” Starrett said. 

Charles was convicted on four counts of tax evasion, not guilty on one count of tax evasion and guilty on all five counts related to filing a false tax return.

Linda was convicted on five counts of filing a false tax return and not guilty on one count of tax evasion, with a “no verdict” or mistrial being declared on the remaining four.

“Therefore, because none of the defendants’ arguments show that a ‘miscarriage of justice’ has occurred or that ‘the evidence preponderates heavily against the verdict,’ the court will deny the motions for acquittal to the extent that they ask for a new trial,” Starrett said in his order.

Regarding the points made in Judge Starrett’s motion, the government met its burden of proof to the jury on the John Lee checks, Charles and Linda Bolton's role in the actions, and the knowledge of the crimes and money not being listed as income from capital contributions, goods or services.

Charles and Linda Bolton are set to be sentenced on Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m. by Judge Starrett at the William M. Colmer Federal Building and United States Courthouse.

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • School closings in the Pine Belt

    School closings in the Pine Belt

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:43 PM EST2018-01-16 03:43:51 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image Bank School bus graphicPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank School bus graphic

    Severe winter weather has caused several schools around the Pine Belt to close. The following schools will be closed on Tuesday Jan. 16th due to winter weather:

    More >>

    Severe winter weather has caused several schools around the Pine Belt to close. The following schools will be closed on Tuesday Jan. 16th due to winter weather:

    More >>
  • JCJC Greene County, Jasper County centers to close early Tuesday

    JCJC Greene County, Jasper County centers to close early Tuesday

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:34 PM EST2018-01-16 03:34:30 GMT
    The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)
    The Jones County Junior College Greene County Center and the Jasper County Center will close early on Tuesday due to winter weather.  The Greene County Center will suspend regular operations at 12:30 p.m., which includes all night classes held there. The Jasper County Center will close at 11 a.m. Please check the JCJC website www.jcjc.edu for updates.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.More >>
    The Jones County Junior College Greene County Center and the Jasper County Center will close early on Tuesday due to winter weather.  The Greene County Center will suspend regular operations at 12:30 p.m., which includes all night classes held there. The Jasper County Center will close at 11 a.m. Please check the JCJC website www.jcjc.edu for updates.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Smith County School District closes Tuesday for winter weather

    Smith County School District closes Tuesday for winter weather

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-01-16 03:22:16 GMT
    Smith County School District will be closed Tuesday. (Photo source: SCSD Facebook)Smith County School District will be closed Tuesday. (Photo source: SCSD Facebook)
    The Smith County School District will be closed Tuesday due to potential winter weather.  The announcement was made in a press release from Operations Director Robert W. Miles. The school also posted the notice on Facebook. Smith County School District Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    The Smith County School District will be closed Tuesday due to potential winter weather.  The announcement was made in a press release from Operations Director Robert W. Miles. The school also posted the notice on Facebook. Smith County School District Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
Powered by Frankly