Federal Judge Scott Coogler Tuesday scheduled Albert LaPierre’s sentencing for Nov. 19.
Two weeks ago, LaPierre plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy and filing a false tax return. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges stemming from last December’s pay-to-play criminal indictment related to Jefferson County’s sewer bond deals.
As part of his plea, LaPierre must testify against former Jefferson County commission president Larry Langford, now mayor of Birmingham, and Montgomery bond dealer William Blount, who were also named in the indictment.
Prosecutors allege that Langford received $235,000 in cash, loan payoffs, expensive clothing, and jewelry from LaPierre and Blount. In return, Langford included Blount on the county’s sewer bond deals.
Coogler holds a pretrial conference for Langford and Blount on Aug. 20. Their trial begins Aug. 31 in Birmingham.
Former county commissioner Mary Buckelew also will testify in the trial. She pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice after admitting she lied to a federal grand jury about receiving lavish gifts in New York City and in Birmingham from Blount. Buckelew will be sentenced Sept. 30.