LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by former Central Arkansas circuit judge to delay the beginning of his prison sentence for accepting a bribe.
Michael Maggio, a former circuit judge in Faulkner County, had asked U.S. District Judge Brian Miller to postpone the beginning of his 10-year sentence until July 26, to give his lawyer time to prepare and file a petition for rehearing. Miller denied the request in a one-page order, saying Maggio had already had an opportunity to present his arguments on appeal.
The ruling means Maggio must begin his sentence Wednesday.
In 2013, Maggio reduced a judgment against Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in a negligence suit from $5.2 million to $1 million after its owner, Fort Smith businessman Michael Morton, donated about $24,000 to Maggio’s campaign through several of his businesses. Morton has not been charged with a crime.
Maggio pleaded guilty in January 2015 to theft or bribery concerning programs receiving public funds. In February 2016, he filed a motion to withdraw his plea, but Miller denied the motion. Maggio was sentenced in March 2016.
Maggio appealed his case to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, which upheld his conviction in a July 3 decision.