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Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years in Prison

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Posted on March 6 2010 6:10 pm
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by Associated Press

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for taking some $235,000 in bribes in return for lucrative bond work.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler imposed the sentence on Langford, 63, who told the court, “I am sorry all this has occurred.”

Mr. Langford, a dapper political figure, was convicted in October of taking some $235,000 in cash, loans and gifts—including expensive clothes and jewelry—while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission. In exchange, prosecutors said, he steered county bond work to an investment banker who paid the bribes.

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