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Ex-New Orleans mayor reports to federal prison

September 8, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has reported to a federal prison in to begin serving a 10-year sentence for corruption.

Nagin was convicted on charges including bribery and money-laundering stemming from his two terms as mayor from 2002-2010. The Democrat gained national prominence for his handling of Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled New Orleans in 2005.

Nagin arrived at the Texas facility shortly before noon Monday. New Orleans television stations showed images of Nagin hugging family members in a parking lot before he entered the lockup.

The Bureau of Prisons operates a low-security prison there with an adjacent minimum security camp. Bureau spokesman Chris Burke said Nagin reported to the minimum security camp.

Meanwhile, a public defender in New Orleans is pursuing an appeal of Nagin’s February conviction.

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