Ex-Birmingham mayor expects to die in prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford
says he expects to die in federal prison.

Langford was required to surrender to federal authorities Wednesday to begin serving a 15-year sentence for the bribery conviction that resulted in his removal from office in October.

Speaking in an interview Monday with the student newspaper at
the University of Alabama, The Crimson White, the 64-year-old
Langford said he doesn't expect to leave prison alive.

He says the 15-year term amounts to a life sentence for someone his age.

Langford continues to proclaim his innocence, even though jurors
convicted him on 60 felony counts.

A defense lawyer says Langford will report directly to a low-security prison where he will serve time near Ashland, Ky.

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