Community holds prayer vigil for former B’ham mayor

Community holds prayer vigil for former B’ham mayor
(Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Friends of former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford held a vigil for him Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s been like a father to me. He was there for me when my father died. Showed me compassion. Showed me that there is more to life than just average. He pushed me to do more than just settle,” said Herman Carnes, a close friend of Langford and member of the Fairfield city council.

The former mayor’s family has been informed that he is in critical condition at a Kentucky hospital and may pass within the week.

Langford's wife has traveled to be by his side.

Langford is in the middle of serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for his part in a bribery scheme involving his time on the Jefferson County Commission.

According to information released by attorneys for Langford, the 72-year-old is currently suffering from several illnesses including end-stage pulmonary disease, emphysema and heart failure.

Supporters of Langford had previously requested he receive a compassionate release for medical reasons, but those requests were denied.

Now his family tells WBRC they’re working on an immediate reduction of sentence. It doesn’t mean he’ll be coming home, but he won’t end his life as a federal inmate.

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