Judge Rules Black To Serve More Time In Prison

A state judge in Raleigh says former House Speaker Jim Black will have to spend more time behind bars even if the federal government releases him from prison.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Black on Thursday to between 11 and 14 months in state prison for a bribery charge Black pleaded to in 2007.

The sentence was finalized after Black satisfied a $1 million fine by giving some land to the Wake County schools.

Lawyers for Black are trying to get his five-year federal prison sentence on a corruption charge reduced because of Black's health problems. But Stephens said Black would have to complete Thursday's sentence even if the feds release the ex-speaker.

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