His attorney, Ken Bell, has confirmed that Black will plead guilty to one count of accepting illegal gratuities - a felony charge similar to bribery but less serious. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Black arrived at the federal building in Raleigh about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, escorted by two men. Bell soon followed him into the building.
Black, 71, resigned from his House seat in the state Legislature on Wednesday. State law bans felons from holding office until they have fulfilled all the terms of their sentence.
A guilty plea may bring to the end a years-long federal grand jury investigation that has highlighted Black's connections to the state's video poker industry, his campaign finances and involvement in the creation of the state lottery. The investigation corralled several Black associates.