Former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long's sentence lopped

photo Former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long leaves the Joel W. Solomon Building in September 2008.

The criminal defense attorney for former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long said Friday he may appeal a federal judge's resentencing of his client, if that's what Long wants.

Attorney Jerry Summers spoke with the media outside the federal courthouse in Chattanooga after a nearly two-hour hearing that lopped three years off Long's 14-year sentence for extortion, drug, weapon and money laundering charges he pleaded guilty to in 2008.

"We still believe there's other basis for downward departure, but that was primarily what was held back in chamber, which was a secretive matter," Summers said.

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