Date set for Bill Blount sentencing

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A date has been set for the sentencing of William Blount. Blount plead guilty in August to federal conspiracy and bribery charges that also involved Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford and lobbyist Al LaPierre. The date has been set at December 17th at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

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 October 19.