Former Alabama legislator Schmitz reporting to prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former state Rep. Sue Schmitz is set to
begin serving her federal prison sentence.

Her lawyer, Keith Brashier of Birmingham, told The Hunstville Times late Wednesday that his client was traveling to the minimum-security prison camp for women in Lexington, Ky.

She is to report there by 2 p.m. Thursday to begin serving her
two-and-a-half-year sentence.

The 65-year-old former state representative from Toney was
convicted in February on charges she used her influence as a
legislator to get a job with the two-year college system and then
did little work.

Schmitz had asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow her
to remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction.

But no ruling had been posted by Thursday morning.

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