Funeral set for Larry Langford, ex-Birmingham mayor convicted of bribery

Larry Langford
Larry Langford

Services are being held for a former Birmingham mayor who died just days after being released from federal prison, where he served time for bribery.

A statement from the city says a funeral mass for former Mayor Larry Langford is set for noon Monday. The service is public, and the city plans to livestream the event.

Hundreds paid tribute to Langford as his body laid in repose at a city arena on Sunday.

The 72-year-old Langford died last week after being released from federal prison because of his failing health.

His political career ended in 2009 when he was convicted of taking bribes as a commissioner in Jefferson County, which later filed for bankruptcy. Investigations revealed a string of corrupt deals.

A judge sentenced Langford to 15 years in prison.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.