Former Representative Decker To Enter Federal Prison Today

Former state Representative Michael Decker is to begin serving a four-year prison sentence in Bennettsville, South Carolina today.

Decker was sentenced in April for accepting a bribe to switch political parties, a deal that helped then-House Speaker Jim Black retain power but also led to his downfall.

A judge sentenced Decker on one count of soliciting and accepting $50,000 in cash and campaign contributions to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in early 2003.

Prosecutors last week asked a judge to cut Decker's sentence in
half because he has provided information that helped bring down
Black. The former Democratic House Speaker is serving a five-year
prison sentence for political corruption.

The South Carolina prison is about 130 miles from Decker's home in Forsyth County.