In this 2005 file photo, former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair reacts outside of the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., after being indicted on bribery, mail fraud and obstruction in the 1997 - 2003 Jefferson County sewer operations.Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
By JAY REEVES
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The father of one of four black girls killed in a 1963 racist church bombing in Birmingham is home from prison after being granted an early release.
A defense lawyer says 87-year-old Chris McNair was reunited with wife and daughters late Thursday.
Defense attorney Doug Jones describes McNair as being upbeat and happy to be back home in Alabama.
A federal judge approved the Obama administration's request to release McNair from a prison medical center in Minnesota where he was serving time for federal bribery convictions.
The Justice Department sought McNair's freedom based on his advanced age and declining health.
Jones says McNair likely will attend some observances planned for next month to mark the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Daughter Denise McNair was among the victims.