Former Birmingham mayor gets 15 years for bribery

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has been sentenced 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 Friday.

Langford was convicted on 60 felony counts in October and removed from office.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to send the 63-year-old Langford to prison for at least 24 years, saying he hasn't shown any remorse. The defense asked for no more than five years.

Two men who admitted bribing Langford while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission already have been sentenced to prison for at least four years each.

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