Langford to report to prison in Kentucky

Larry Langford (source WBRC video)
Larry Langford (source WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford will report to prison next week in Kentucky unless his appeal to delay his report-to-prison date is upheld.

Langford has been ordered by the U.S. Bureau of Prison to report to a federal lockup in Ashland, KY, on April 5th.  That is the date Langford was ordered to report to prison.  

The information was discovered Wednesday by FOX6 News in court filings from Langford's attorney, Michael Rasmussen.  In those filings, Rasmussen has asked for a one-week delay in Langford's report-to-prison date.

The judge in the case also denied a motion by Langford to stay out of prison while Langford appeals the conviction and the sentencing.

Langford was convicted last October on 60 felony charges of bribery and conspiracy that took place while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission. Prosecutors said Langford 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 via Alabama 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.

Langford was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

LaPierre and Blount plead guilty last July to charges connected to the bribery scheme with Langford and testified for the prosecution during Langford's trial. Blount was sentenced to four years and four months in prison and LaPierre was sentenced to four years.

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