Ex-School Board member faces 33 months in prison
LAFAYETTE — Former St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard Sr. wants to push back the March 4 deadline he faces to report to federal prison for a 33-month sentence on bribery charges.
Richard filed court motions over the weekend requesting that U.S. District Judge Richard Haik allow him to remain free pending an appeal of his conviction and the sentence the judge handed down on Feb. 4.
Richard’s attorney states in court filings that the former board member is not a flight risk, poses no danger to the community and will present a “substantive case” to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The question of whether Richard should be allowed to remain free pending appeal was briefly discussed at his sentencing hearing earlier this month, and Haik told Richard’s attorney — his son, Quincy Richard Jr. — that he had no plans to grant a reprieve.
“That’s not going to happen,” the judge said.
A federal grand jury indicted Richard and former board member John Miller in 2012 for soliciting bribes of $5,000 each from superintendent candidate Joseph Cassimere in return for their vote of support giving him the job.
It took a 12-member jury about an hour to return a unanimous guilty verdict against Richard after a two-day trial in August.
Miller already had pleaded guilty in the case and took the stand against Richard in a trial where jurors saw a videotape secretly recorded by the FBI showing the two board members pocketing cash-stuffed envelopes at an Opelousas restaurant.
Cassimere, a longtime school administrator in the parish who ultimately lost his bid to become superintendent, had reported the bribery attempt to federal authorities and then began working with agents to capture an exchange of cash on tape.
Haik sentenced Miller in November to 10 months home confinement, a lighter sentence than Richard because Miller pleaded guilty and cooperated with investigators.
Richard’s 33-month prison term was at the bottom of the recommended sentencing range for his case — 33 months to 41 months in prison.
The judge also ordered Richard to pay a $10,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service while serving three years under supervision after his release from prison.