Former state prisons chief Christopher Epps

Former Mississippi corrections commissioner Christopher Epps was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison and fined $100,000, the AP reports.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate announced the decision Wednesday.

Epps, 56, pleaded guilty in 2015 to money laundering and filing false tax returns in connection with nearly $1.5 million in bribes he took from contractors doing business with Mississippi prisons.

Epps has been jailed the past several months for violating terms of his bond.