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Jefferson County, Ala. Ex-Commissioner Sentenced

Tuscaloosa, AL – Former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White was sentenced to 10 years in prison on conspiracy and bribery convictions for his role in the county's sewer construction scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Coogler handed down the sentence Thursday in Tuscaloosa.

Prosecutors had asked Coogler to sentence White to at least 15 years in prison. White's attorneys asked for an alternative sentencing plan in which White could perform community service at the Birmingham Zoo, Botanical Gardens or Humane Society.

White was convicted in 2008. The conviction was later overturned on appeal, but in December the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals re-instated the original conviction.

The judge also ordered White to pay $22,000 plus interest in restitution.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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