Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford to be freed from prison

Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford to be freed from prison
Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford’s federal prison sentence has been reduced making him eligible for release from federal prison custody.

Federal Judge Scott Coogler signed an order Friday reducing Langford’s prison sentence to time served.

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As part of his initial sentence on bribery, conspiracy, and fraud charges in 2009, Langford was to serve 36 months of supervised released upon his initial 2023 release date. Now that his sentence has been reduced to time served, that was changed to 36 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.

According to court documents, Langford can be released from custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons as soon as his medical condition permits, a release plan is implemented, and travel arrangements are made for him to be taken from the hospital where he is currently located.

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Several lawmakers and officials have called for his release from prison in recent days following reports of his declining health.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town said Friday that he felt a compassionate release and reduction of sentence was appropriate:

“After reviewing the information provided by the Bureau of Prisons, it was our judgement that compassionate release and reduction of sentence was appropriate under these limited circumstances.”

Birmingham Representative Juandalynn Givan, working as an attorney with others to seek for Langford’s release, said the following:

“This is a great day for the Trump administration. We have been working with the administration, the U.S. Attorney’s office, as well as Sen. Doug Jones and Congresswoman Terri Sewell to make this possible.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell released the following statement after the order was signed:

“As I have said before, justice should be fair, but merciful. I am deeply grateful to all those who heeded our renewed call for the immediate compassionate release of Mayor Larry Langford,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “I want to thank the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Jay Town, Senator Doug Jones, our federal partners, and all those who worked side-by-side with our office despite the government shutdown to secure Mayor Langford’s release. The holiday season is a reminder of the importance of family, and the commutation of Mayor Langford’s sentence means that our former Mayor can spend his final days at home in Alabama with loved ones. My prayers are with the whole Langford family as they reunite and provide comfort to Mayor Langford in the days and weeks ahead.”

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin released the following statement:

“Family is important, and I know that Mayor Langford’s wife and so many relatives and supporters look forward to reuniting with him in Alabama,’’ said Mayor Randall Woodfin. “I have maintained that Mayor Langford was the ideal candidate for compassionate release. I’m glad that federal officials saw fit to grant his immediate release. My prayers are with him and his family."

Attorney Reginald McDaniel said he believes this time was different because of Langford's health condition.

“He’s in very, very grave medical condition as it has been publicized in the media, confined to a wheelchair and on oxygen. Larry Langford is a fighter. He never gave up. The family is very excited. They are grateful and blessed that their prayers have been answered and their loved one will get to come home," McDaniel said.

As far as when Langford will be brought home, a Miles College spokesman said Friday night that the college is sending two police SUVs to transport his family from Kentucky back to Alabama.

No word yet on how or when Langford will be transported home.

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