Sentencing set for Blount, co-defendant of ousted mayor

Associated Press - February 26, 2010 6:24 AM ET

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Two longtime Alabama Democrats are trying to avoid going to federal prison for bribing ousted Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.

A federal judge scheduled sentencing Friday in Tuscaloosa for Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount, a former chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, and the former party executive director, Al LaPierre.

Prosecutors are seeking prison terms of at least four years for each man plus millions in restitution and other payments.

Supporters asked the judge for leniency.

Blount and LaPierre provided key testimony that resulted in Langford's conviction on 60 felony charges last fall. They admitted giving Langford some $235,000 in cash, loans and gifts so Blount's investment banking firm would get business from the Jefferson County Commission, where Langford was president at the time.

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