Ellis McCoy wants prison sentence corrected

Ellis McCoy self-reported to prison on July 9, 2015.

Former city official Ellis McCoy on his way to be sentenced for bribes related to city parking meter contracts, May 27, 2015 (KOIN)
Former city official Ellis McCoy on his way to be sentenced for bribes related to city parking meter contracts, May 27, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A former parking manager for the City of Portland, who took bribes and is currently serving two years in prison, is now asking that his sentence be corrected.

Ellis McCoy filed the motion in U.S. District Court earlier this week.

In his motion, McCoy alleges ineffective assistance of counsel.

According to McCoy’s motion:
– His attorney violated his right to obtain more time to examine new evidence introduced for sentencing hearing.
– The attorney allowed the court to consider evidence that was prejudicial to McCoy.
– The attorney refused McCoy’s request, in open court, to respond to information presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and refused to respond to the judge’s questions about sentencing.

McCoy is currently serving his sentence at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution, which is a medium-security prison.

A correction of sentence could mean McCoy is seeking a reduction in his time behind bars. Specific details have not been filed.

On Aug. 30, 2012, McCoy pled guilty to one count each of conspiracy to pay and accept bribes, accepting bribes, and filing false tax returns. U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez sentenced McCoy to two years in prison.

McCoy self-reported to prison on July 9, 2015.

McCoy took almost $200,000 in bribes from two city contractors from 2002 to mid-2011. FBI and IRS agents executed search warrants at McCoy’s office and home as part of their investigation.

According to federal prosecutors, McCoy created a phony consulting company and submitted invoices for fictitious consulting work so he and the contractors could disguise some of the bribe payments as payments for consulting work.

McCoy accepted about $70,000 of the bribe payments in cash, and the contractors paid for some or all of his meals, travel, and entertainment expenses on about 60 trips for business and pleasure, according to the FBI.

At a sentencing hearing in 2015, McCoy admitted his guilt and said he accepted full responsibility for his actions. He blamed it on “character flaws” and apologized to the residents of Portland.

The attorney named in McCoy’s motion declined to comment.

The United States Attorney’s Office has not responded for comment.

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