DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A former Detroit city councilwoman convicted of bribery will begin serving her 37-month prison term in September, a judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn reaffirmed an earlier decision denying Monica Conyers' "11th-hour decision" to withdraw her guilty plea in the case, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.
Conyers is appealing the ruling and had sought to remain free on bond.
She pleaded guilty in June 2009 to taking at least $6,000 in cash for her vote on a $1.2 billion sewage sludge contract in 2007.
Conyers' jail term was scheduled to begin July 1, but was delayed because a close relative was having surgery.
Cohn agreed with the U.S. Attorney's Office no further delays are necessary.
Her prison term will begin Sept. 10, Cohn ruled.