Chris McNair back in Birmingham after early prison release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair is back home in Birmingham after a judge ordered his release from federal prison in Rochester, MN Thursday.

McNair arrived on a flight from Atlanta with his attorney Doug Jones just after 11 p.m. Thursday night.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued an order on August 29th ordering McNair’s sentence be reduced to the time he has served.

The motion to have the sentence reduced was filed jointly by Charles E. Samuels, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Joyce White Vance, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. The former commissioners declining health was cited at the reason for the request. In the order, Judge Smith says, “the court concludes that the defendents age (87 abd detriorating health constitute extraordinary reasons warranting the requested relief.”

Upon release, McNair will begin serving a 24-month term of supervised release.

McNair was convicted in 2007 on bribery and conspiracy charges related to the county sewer system.

He was sentenced to 5 years and reported to prison in 2011.

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