Larry Langford (al.com) STORY BY AL.COM
Former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford, now 72, is in critical condition, and the family has been called to the federal prison in Kentucky where he is serving 15 years for bribery and public corruption, according to Langford’s attorney Tiffany Johnson Cole.
Langford, in failing health, was sentenced in 2010 and is not scheduled to be released until May 1, 2023.
“We were told he may not last through the end of the week, ” Johnson Cole said.
In November, he was denied a compassionate release by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In the denial, the bureau detailed the extent of Langford’s deteriorating health, yet somehow asserted that he “posed a danger to the safety of the community.”
In a document obtained by AL.com, the bureau said:
“Mayor Langford…has a history of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and and emphysema. pulmonary hypertension, right-heart failure, sickle-cell trait, plantar fascial fibromatosis, bursitis, esophageal reflux, dysphagia, hypertension, sensorineural hearing loss, pterygium and anemia. He was issued an oxygen concentrator and nebulizer and ambulates with the use of a wheelchair….However…his release at this time would minimize the severity of his offense and pose a danger to the safety of the community.”
The family has reached out to President Trump in an effort to obtain executive clemency for the former Fairfield and Birmingham mayor, Johnson Cole confirmed.
“The Langford family wishes to thank the many friends and supporters for their continued prayers and support during this extremely difficult time,” Johnson Cole said in a release.