published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian’s gambling partner named, takes plea agreement

The man known until now only as “Person A” in the federal gambling prosecution of former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian has been named — Robert Barry Cole.

Cole agreed last week to plead guilty to a single count of illegal gambling in federal court. He has admitted to being Killian’s partner from 2002 until December 2012 in an illegal sports betting operation.

Mike Killian agreed to plead guilty to the charge in February. His sentencing date is May 9. Cole’s sentencing date has not yet been set.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for more details.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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