William Blount pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - William Blount, one of the men charged with Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford in a federal conspiracy and bribery scheme, plead guilty Tuesday to some of the charges against him.

The plea agreement was filed Tuesday morning in federal court.  In the agreement, Blount plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery.

Prosecutors recommended in the agreement Blount serve 10 years in prison, serve three years probation, and forfeit $1 million to the U.S. government.

Blount, Langford, and lobbyist Al LaPierre were all charged in December on 101 counts of bribery, conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.  LaPierre plead guilty to charges against him last month.

Federal prosecutors alleged Blount sent Langford money and gifts in exchange for county work when Langford was on the Jefferson County Commission. In the plea agreement, prosecutors said Langford used his power and authority to include Blount and Blount's company in financial transactions where Blount's company received $2.6 million.

Prosecutors said Blount also provided expensive gifts to then Jefferson County Commissioner Mary Buckelew.

Langford's trial is scheduled to begin August 31.