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Ex-governor arrives at La. prison

OAKDALE, La. (AP) — Almost a week after he was moved from his cell at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has arrived at a minimum security federal prison in Oakdale, La., federal prison officials said Tuesday.

Siegelman is being held in a prison camp at the Oakdale complex in central Louisiana, about 470 miles by car from Siegelman's home in Birmingham.

One of his attorneys, Susan James, said it appears the Oakdale prison will be his permanent prison home.

She said it is more comfortable than the Atlanta prison, where he and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy shared a small cell for two weeks after their June 28 sentencing.

"There are no gun towers, no fences," James said.

Scrushy is still at the Atlanta prison.

Siegelman will not be the only former governor at the Oakdale prison.

It is also home to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who is serving a 10-year sentence following his 2000 conviction on racketeering and conspiracy charges.

Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted last year of bribery and other charges in a government corruption case.

Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in prison and Scrushy to almost seven years. They were taken immediately to the Atlanta prison.

Siegelman was moved from the Atlanta prison on July 11 and transported by plane to Michigan and New York before finally arriving at a federal prison transfer station in Oklahoma City.

He was held there until he was transferred Monday to Oakdale.

His attorneys said last week they were under the impression he had been assigned to a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas.

Scrushy's attorneys have said in a court filing that he has been assigned to a prison in Beaumont, Texas.

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