NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans pastor who embezzled nearly $1 million in disaster relief aid in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has asked a federal judge to shorten his prison sentence by several years.

The Rev. Toris Young, who has convictions in three federal cases and has been behind bars about five years, also is lobbying U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to recommend he be transferred to a halfway house or home detention for the rest of his sentence.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) federal prosecutors have opposed Young's requests, saying a hearing set for next week is not necessary. They also said it's up to the Bureau of Prisons, not the judge, to decide whether a prisoner should be placed in a halfway house.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,


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