Former Ala. chancellor sentenced to almost seven years in prison
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal judge sentenced former Alabama two-year college system chancellor Roy Johnson to 6.5 years in prison Thursday for his illegal activities while running the system.
Judge Karen Bowdre sentenced Johnson to 78 months in prison. Judge Bowdre said she wanted the sentence to send a message to other state leaders.
Johnson during the sentencing apologized to the judge, court, government and people on Alabama. Johnson said he took full responsibility for his actions and is prepared to pay for his crimes.
Federal prosecutors had recommended the judge sentence Johnson to almost eight years in prison.
Johnson pleaded guilty earlier this year to 15 counts of conspiracy and bribery while serving as chancellor of the state's two-year college system. Federal prosecutors, in their sentencing recommendation to the judge, said Johnson had cooperated in their investigation. His cooperation and assistance to the government after he pleaded guilty was described as unprecedented and extraordinary and was key to a series of key prosecutions.
Johnson was chancellor from 2002 until 2006, when he was fired as the massive corruption scandal was exposed.