Langford granted two day extension

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was granted an extra two days to report to prison in Kentucky next week.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler agreed Thursday to allow Langford to wait until Wednesday, April 7th, to report to prison.  Langford was originally supposed to report to prison on Monday, but he had asked the judge to give him an extra week because his father-in-law would be having surgery on Friday.

Langford must report to a minimum security federal lockup in Ashland, Kentucky, where he will begin serving a 15-year sentence on his bribery and conspiracy conviction. 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.

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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