Bill Weimar begins six-month sentence

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A man who pleaded guilty to funneling money to a political candidate has begun serving his six-month sentence in federal prison.

Bill Weimar, 68, reported Monday to the U.S. Penitentiary Tucson in Arizona, where he was assigned. Weimar lives in Montana.

David Bukey, Weimar's attorney, said his client will be held at a nearby minimum security prison camp.

Weimar pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy related to his funneling money in 2004 to a state Senate candidate who would have backed a private prison project. The candidate was not named in documents. However, the description fits former Sen. Jerry Ward.

Weimar led the effort in Alaska to build a private prison here. The private prison group said the project would bring home hundreds of Alaska inmates being housed in Arizona because of crowding in state prisons. The project never happened.

Back in Montana, where he's lived for years, Weimar's estate in Big Arm overlooking Flathead Lake is on the market for $5.25 million, reduced from $9.75 million.

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