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Langford Cronies|Sentenced to Prison

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (CN) - Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre were both sentenced to 4 years in prison on Friday for their part in Jefferson County's multibillion-dollar sewer fiasco.

U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Blount to 4 years and 4 months in prison and LaPierre to a 4-year term.

They each pleaded guilty to bribing former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford while he was president of the Jefferson County Commission.

Both men testified in Langford's trial in October 2009. Langford, who was convicted of 60 counts, will be sentenced on March 5.

The multibillion-dollar sewer bond deals have left Jefferson County on the verge of bankruptcy.

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