BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In a story Aug. 29 about the father of a church bombing victim who was released from prison, The Associated Press erroneously reported the gender of U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith. Smith is a man.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Bombing victim's dad released early from prison
Father of '63 Birmingham church bombing victim released early from prison
By JAY REEVES
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facility Thursday after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him.
Chris McNair was released from prison hours after U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued his ruling, said Peggy Sanford, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Birmingham.
The U.S. Justice Department had sought the release of the 87-year-old McNair on grounds of compassion.
In his ruling, Smith said McNair, who was incarcerated at a federal prison medical center in Rochester, Minn., should be released as soon as his health allowed and travel arrangements could be made.
McNair was part of the scandal-plagued Jefferson County Commission that made deals resulting in a then-record municipal bankruptcy over more than $4 billion in debts.
The administration's request for leniency asked a judge to reduce McNair's five-year sentence to the time he has served since entering prison in 2011.
The request said McNair's "serious and declining health problems are extraordinary and compelling reasons" warranting his release, but it did not mention his link to one of the most infamous crimes of the civil rights era.