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Appeals court upholds sentence for former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long

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Former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long is led out of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and Courthouse in this file photo. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press. Former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long is led out of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and Courthouse in this file photo. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long will not see his 11 year federal prison sentence reduced.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today released its opinion on an appeal to lower the federal prison sentence of Long.

Local attorney Jerry Summers filed the appeal claiming that federal prosecutors denied to file documents that would have reduced Long's sentence after he gave them information on other corruption cases.

But prosecutor Perry Piper told U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice that Long's help was minimal and his crimes far outweighed what he shared with investigators -- a misdemeanor state charge that included another individual's possession of marijuana and three prescription pills.

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