PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ The state's former House speaker, once one of the state's most influential politicians, began a two-year term for tax evasion Monday at a prison known for its celebrity inmates.

Bolley ``Bo'' Johnson, a Pensacola real estate broker, reported to the minimum-security federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base about 40 miles east of here. His wife, Judi, also was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 15 months, but her lawyer said date for reporting to prison was delayed until Friday.

The couple were convicted of failing to report $452,675 in consulting fee income from businesses involved in casino gambling, lobbying, transportation, road building, health care and other interests.

Johnson, a Democrat, served in the House 16 years, the last two as speaker, through November 1994.