Chris McNair returns to Birmingham

Chris McNair returns to Birmingham

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© Chris McNair shortly after arriving in Birmingham. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC © Chris McNair shortly after arriving in Birmingham. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Former Jefferson Co. Commissioner Chris McNair is back in Birmingham. He was released from federal prison Thursday. McNair arrived on a flight from Atlanta just before 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith ordered McNair's sentenced reduced to the time he has served along with having McNair released from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Upon release, McNair will begin serving a 24-month term of supervised release.

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. McNair's declining health was cited at the reason for the motion. In the court order, the court found McNair's "age (87) and deteriorating health constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons warranting the requested relief."

Smith's order states that McNair will be released immediately once his family can make sure he's healthy enough to make the trip to Birmingham from Rochester, Minn. The release request says McNair will live with his daughter and she will  be his primary caregiver.

McNair was convicted in 2007 on bribery and conspiracy charges related to his role in the county's sewer projects. He was sentenced to 5 years.

Since arriving in Birmingham, McNair's attorney says the 87-year-old is "feeling better."

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