Larry Langford to be sentenced Friday

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford is scheduled to receive his prison sentence Friday.

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed sentencing recommendations with the judge, suggesting Langford serve 24 to 30 years in prison and pay more than $360,000 in restitution and forfeiture fees.

Langford was convicted last October on 60 felony charges of conspiracy and bribery. Prosecutors said Langford, who was president of the Jefferson County Commission at the time, sent more than $7 million in county bond business to Bill Blount's investment banking firm.  Langford, in turn, received $235,000 in cash, jewelry and clothing from Blount and Democratic lobbyist Al LaPierre. Prosecutors said most of the financial business Langford funneled to Blount involved bond and swap transactions related to Jefferson County's multi-billion dollar sewer debt.

Last week, Blount was sentenced to four years, four months in prison and LaPierre was sentenced to four years in prison.

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