Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford received a fifteen year sentenced in federal prison 60 counts of bribery. The former mayor was elected into office in 2007 and arrested for bribery last October. Upon arrest, Langford lost his official position as mayor.
A judge in Tuscaloosa sentenced Langford Friday. Federal prosecutors maintained Langford exchanged millions of dollars of county business for money, clothes, and jewelry. Investment bankers Bill Blount and Al LaPierre testified against Langford and pleaded guilty to charges that they bribed Langford in exchange for "fees associated with sewer bond swaps." Blount was sentenced to 52 months of prision, LaPierre 48 months, in relation to the bribery charges involving Langford.
After two hours of deliberation, the jury found Langford guilty. Others were indicted and charged as a result of Langford's trial, including his former secretary.