Former state prisons chief Christopher Epps Credit: Gabriel Austin

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps was sent to jail Friday. Epps pleaded guilty in February 2015 to charges of money laundering and filing false tax returns. He had been free on $25,000 bond while awaiting sentencing in May, but he was arrested Tuesday and charged with taking outdoor light fixtures from a home in Flowood he forfeited to the federal government. Epps faces up to 23 years in federal prison and has forfeited more than $1.7 million in assets.

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