Advocate has more details on Sibley plea

A comment from reader Not At All Surprised updated the SLABBED post Breaking News Sibley pleads Quilty with a story from the Advocate – and today’s Advocate had more: La. lawyer admits guilt in money-laundering plot.

A Greensburg lawyer pleaded guilty Friday in Houston to laundering $480,000 given to him by an international drug trafficking organization in an effort to buy an aircraft for the ring, federal prosecutors said.

William Hugh Sibley, who faces up to 20 years in prison, is set for sentencing June 4 in U.S. District Court, said Nancy Herrera, executive assistant U.S. attorney in the Houston office.

Sibley, who has a private pilot’s license and owned an aviation business, changed his innocent plea to guilty before U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller on Friday morning under a plea agreement with prosecutors, online court records show.

The agreement was later filed under seal Friday.

The reason Sibley was given the cash to buy the aircraft, he admitted in court Friday, Continue reading “Advocate has more details on Sibley plea”

Breaking News – Sibley pleads Guilty UPDATE IN READER COMMENT

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Gray H. Miller: RE-ARRAIGNMENT held on 3/12/2010. William Hugh Sibley (5) waived the reading of the Indictment and pled Guilty to Count 1. Plea agreement executed and entered. Order for presentence investigation entered. Sentencing set 6/4/2010 at 10:00 a.m. Appearances: Claude Daniel Hippard, James Phillip Manasseh.(Court Reporter: B.Slavin) Deft continued on Bond, filed.(rkonieczny) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

I received this breaking news in an email message from Sop.  Until he’s back at his computer to follow-up, this is all I’ve got.  However, SLABBED has background on the events that led to the plea and plea agreement: News from the Louisiana Class Action Front: Prominent Lawyer arrested and charged in drug conspiracy case; The Advocate lends background on Hugh Sibley’s unshareable need; Get set for new details about the jet set. Emergent details in the Government’s case against Hugh Sibley; and the recent post connecting the dots,Class action lawyer Hugh Sibley scheduled to be re-arraigned March 12.

At this point, in case you’re wondering,  The Grill Room reclaims its glory, earns ‘Four Beans’ is the lead story on Times Picayune.

Thanks for the update, NAAS!