Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison

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Former State Representative Oliver Robinson has been sentenced to 33 months in prison by a federal judge on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced Robinson and also ordered him to pay $169,151 in restitution for bribery and tax evasion.

Robinson pleaded guilty last year to bribery in a scheme involving pollution in Birmingham, Ala. where he encouraged his constituents not to have their soil tested for contaminants in exchange for bribes from coal company executives.

He later testified against a Drummond Coal Company executive and a Balch and Bingham lawyer who were later convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges as well, an action that allowed him to receive a lighter sentence for cooperating.

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