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Former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian sentenced in federal court

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Mike Killian, former mayor of South Pittsburg, TN., makes his way into federal court today. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press Mike Killian, former mayor of South Pittsburg, TN., makes his way into federal court today. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian has been sentenced in federal court to six months in prison then one year of house arrest after pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling operation, which spanned 25 years and handled between $8 million and $12 million.

In January 2013, federal agents raided three Marion County businesses run by Killian and seized 12 video poker machines. Court documents revealed that the former mayor began his gambling operation as early as 1988 and ran it until the raids.

During that time, federal prosecutors allege that Killian made more than $800,000 profit from video poker machines, illegal lotteries and sports betting. One month before the raids, Killian had started an offshore, online betting website to expand his operation, according to court documents.

Robert Cole was also charged in sports gambling portion of Killian's case. He is scheduled for sentencing today.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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