Kott to Plead Guilty to Bribery

A former Alaska state lawmaker caught up in a federal corruption probe has indicated he will change his plea on one count.

Thursday, former House Speaker Pete Kott filed notice with the U.S. District Court that he intends to plead guilty to one count of bribery.

A message left with Kott’s attorney in Seattle, Peter Camiel, was not immediately returned to The Associated Press.

Kott was convicted of conspiracy, extortion and bribery in a case stemming from maneuverings around oil tax legislation in 2006. He went to prison for a six-year sentence but was released when prosecutors acknowledged they hadn’t turned over evidence favorable to the defense.

He was scheduled to be retried in Fairbanks in December.

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