ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A hearing in federal court may determine whether a former Louisiana congressman will have to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence for taking bribes and other crimes.

Democrat William Jefferson was convicted back in 2009 but has been free on bond while appealing his case. The case drew headlines when FBI agents found $90,000 cash hidden in Jefferson’s freezer.

Last month a federal appeals court in Richmond upheld all but one of the 11 counts on which he was convicted. A status hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to determine the next step in the case.

While Jefferson could still try to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the judge could order Jefferson to begin serving his sentence while the appeals continue.

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