|The defendants each face up to 20 years in prison, plus fines and forfeiture of any money or property acquired.|
Charges added against former Arkansas lawmaker in bribery case:
"Former Republican Sen. Jon Woods is accused of accepting bribes from Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III in return for state grants to the college, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Randell Shelton Jr. is accused of passing the bribes to Woods through his consulting firm in return for a share.
The amended indictment shows Woods faces 15 counts of wires fraud, instead of 12. Paris and Shelton face 13 wire fraud counts instead of 10. All three also face one count of mail fraud.
The defendants each face up to 20 years in prison, plus fines and forfeiture of any money or property acquired. They are scheduled to be tried together in May.
Woods and Paris were released on a $10,000 bond, and Shelton was released on a $5,000 bond.
The amended indictment also names former Republican Rep. Micah Neal, who allegedly helped Woods direct the state General Improvement Fund money to Ecclesia College in 2013 and 2014."
| Henderson did not know he was on the Ecclesia Board of Regents.|
This so-called board never met, and Pat Boone could
not remember the college or being asked.
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