Hall to be sentenced on state charges

Richard Hall Junior - the driving force behind a failed beef plant that cost Mississippi taxpayers millions of dollars - will be sentenced today on state charges.

Hall will appear before Judge Andrew Baker in Sardis on three counts of mail fraud following a state investigation into the failed Mississippi Beef Processors plant that he owned in Oakland.

Hall plead guilty in 2006 to state and federal charges against him.

Hall was sentenced in August to eight years on the federal charges of money laundering and mail fraud. He was also ordered to pay $577,000 in restitution.

The plant opened in August 2004 but closed just three months later.