Monica Conyers begins prison term

Sept. 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

ALDERSON, W.Va., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers surrendered Friday at a federal prison in West Virginia to begin a 37-month sentence.

Conyers, 45, became Inmate 43693-039 in the prison camp for women in Alderson, W.Va., The Detroit News reported.

Since pleading guilty in 2009 to accepting bribes, Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has made strenuous efforts to remain free, the Detroit Free Press reported. She tried to withdraw her plea and was turned down by a federal judge. This week, an appellate court refused to grant her bail while she appeals that ruling.

Alderson, nicknamed "Camp Cupcake," is known for a number of famous inmates, including Billie Holiday and Martha Stewart. Two women who made attempts on the life of President Gerald Ford were also inmates there but were transferred elsewhere after escapes.

The prison, nestled in the West Virginia hills, has an attractive "campus," and inmates have a comparatively comfortable life.

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