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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:  DONNA KRISE
TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008                                    ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(Tyler, TX)         United States Attorney Becky Gregory announced today that an Emory, Texas man has pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Bribery in connection with his attempt to " pay off "  a Rains County Assistant D.A. DILE KENT MCNAIR, 51, admitted to giving $5,000 in cash to an Assistant D.A. at the Rains County District Attorneys Office in an effort to get the prosecutor to dismiss a pending Driving While Impaired charge.

        According to information presented in court, on October 10, 2007 McNair went to the Rains County District Attorneys Office and met with Assistant District Attorney, April Pitts.  During the course of the meeting, McNair passed an envelope containing $5,000.00 (fifty $100 dollar bills) to Pitts as consideration for Pitts agreeing to dismiss McNair's pending D.W.I. charge. However, McNair did not know that earlier, after one of McNair's associates had initially approached Rains County D.A., Robert Vititow, about a possible bribe, Vititow had contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety and the F.B.I.  When McNair came to the office to consummate the "deal", the entire transaction was captured on camera.

         McNair is facing up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00 at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

        This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety's, Criminal Law Criminal Investigation Division, and the F.B.I., Tyler Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble.


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