Jackson Parish Ward Four Fire Protection District Chief Curtis Roller has withdrawn his guilty plea made last year to three counts of wire fraud, according to court documents obtained by Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO).
At issue is the amount of loss attributable to the crime, the “pecuniary gain” Roller received from the crime, and the corresponding sentence that Roller could be facing, depending upon the monetary amounts.
Roller contends he received about $19 thousand in ill-gotten gains, while the government contends the amount should be calculated upon the amount of the grant money at issue, some $800 thousand plus.
The lesser amount would likely result in a sentence of probation, versus a 3 to 4 year jail sentence for the greater amount, according to the documents.
The motion to withdraw the guilty plea was granted 1/13/15.
See here the documents:
See here the original plea agreement.