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Former county commissioner told to report to prison
By Federal judge rejects bid for probation for former commissioner
Birmingham, AL – Former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair
has been ordered to report to prison as soon as the federal
prison system says it has a bed ready for him.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered McNair to begin serving a
5-year sentence for his convictions on bribery charges involving
the county's $3.2 billion sewer construction project.
U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith denied a request to reduce
Mcnair's sentence to probation.
McNair's attorney, Doug Jones, said the only hope for keeping
McNair out of prison is a petition for clemency with the Obama
McNair is among 21 defendants charged in a criminal probe into
the construction and financing of the Jefferson County sewer
system. Of those sentenced to prison, all but McNair either have
served or are serving their sentences.