Former Nacogdoches Co. commissioner going to federal prison

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Nacogdoches County commissioner and his wife will be in custody for 10 months following a federal judge's sentencing Tuesday afternoon.

Reggie Cotton and Deborah Cotton will spend five months in federal prison and the next five under house arrest.

The Cottons pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns in 2004 in November.

They must also pay $75,320 in restitution to the US government.

Reggie Cotton spoke to KTRE News after he learned his sentence Tuesday.

"With this being done and with us doing what we need to do everybody will be for the better," said Cotton. "I'm just tickled to death we're getting this behind us. We're done with it. We're moving forward. My wife and I we're looking forward to doing the right thing as we spoke in court earlier and we're going to move forward."

According to information presented in court, the Cottons were involved in running and operating D&R Services, a janitorial cleaning service.  The Cottons had received gross income for 2004 totaling $207,857 for D&R Services which they failed to file a federal income tax return for.  The Cottons knew they were required to file an income tax return because they had filed an income tax return for a separate janitorial company they had been involved with in the past.

Reggie Cotton's sentence will begin July 9, while Deborah Cotton will begin her sentence on Jan. 8, 2014.

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