Local Politics

Black, ex-lottery commissioner together again in prison

Posted July 17, 2009 5:56 p.m. EDT

— Former House Speaker Jim Black has been reunited with a former colleague and fellow felon.

Black, who is serving a 63-month sentence for political corruption, was recently moved to a federal prison in Jesup, Ga., so he could be closer to home. Both he and his wife are in poor health.

The move means that Black is now at the same prison as Kevin Geddings, whom Black appointed to the state Lottery Commission in 2005.

Geddings was convicted in 2006 of fraud for hiding his ties to a lottery vendor. He is serving a four-year sentence.

Black, a 74-year-old Mecklenburg County Democrat, held the top position in the state House for a record eight years before resigning in February 2007 and pleading guilty to state and federal charges.