Ex-South Pittsburg mayor sentenced, apologizes

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The former mayor of South Pittsburg has been sentenced to six months in prison and a year of house arrest after pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling operation.

Mike Killian was sentenced in federal court Thursday. The 56-year-old former mayor apologized to his family and residents of South Pittsburg and said his gambling operation got "out of hand."

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that Killian speculated information about his gambling businesses may have been discovered as officials researched background of his brother, Bill Killian, before Bill Killian became U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2010.

Nothing has linked the U.S. attorney to any of Mike Killian's gambling businesses.

The Eastern District office recused itself from any dealings with the case.


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