Convicted Jon Woods Co-Defendant Files for Acquittal

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Randell Shelton, who was convicted on corruption charges along with former state senator Jon Woods, has filed a motion for acquittal.

Shelton filed the motion to the U.S. District Court on Friday afternoon for acquittal on the charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud or receive a new trial.

Shelton was also convicted on 10 counts of honest services wire fraud and one count of honest services mail fraud.

“Because there was no evidence presented at trial which proved or tended to show that Mr. Shelton joined an agreement to commit honest services fraud, this Court should grant a judgment of acquittal on Count One. Or, in the alternative, the Court should grant a new trial as to Count One because the evidence preponderates sufficiently heavily against the verdict that a serious miscarriage of justice will occur if this Court,” the appeal states.

Shelton, a professional consultant, was found guilty on May 3 on 12 of 15 charges. Woods was found guilty on 15 of the 17 charges against him, many of which are for fraud.

Both face up to 20 years in prison on the fraud and conspiracy charges and an additional 10 years for the money laundering charges.

Woods is accused of accepting kickbacks from Ecclesia College for giving grants to the university.

Woods plead not guilty. All 15 fraud counts all related to wire or mail money transfers, as well as a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud, and one count of money laundering.

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