Chris McNair to be released from federal prison immediately due to declining health
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
A federal judge has ordered the immediate release of former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair due to declining health.
McNair, 87, was serving time for bribery in his role in the county's sewer scandal.
The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons filed a motion Thursday to reduce the remainder of McNair's sentence based on his "declining health." The motion reads, "the Director contends that McNair's serious and deteriorating health problems constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons warranting the requested reduction."
The court agreed, and the federal judge ordered McNair's release as soon as his medical condition would allow it, once a release plan is implemented and travel arrangements have been made.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, McNair is not listed as an inmate.
McNair reported to a federal prison in Illinois in 2011 to serve a five-year sentence for his role in the sewer scandal. He had exhausted his appeals following the 2007 conviction.
That same year, his attorney filed medical records in federal court asking for his sentence to be converted to probation.