- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A software developer convicted of bribing Alabama’s two-year college system chancellor has been resentenced to prison after initially being sentenced to probation.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that 71-year-old James Winston Hayes has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Officials say Hayes owned ACCESS Group Software and sold programs to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

Authorities say Hayes paid former two-year college system chancellor Roy Johnson more than $600,000 in bribes over the course of four years in exchange for contract work that garnered more than $14 million for his company.

Johnson was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Hayes’ earlier sentence. Judges said probation was not a reasonable punishment for the crime.

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