SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Former Teamsters President Roy L. Williams surrendered Tuesday at a federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term for a 1982 conviction of conspiring to bribe a U.S. senator.
The ailing Williams, 70, arrived at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in a limousine about a half hour before a 5 p.m. deadline and was taken into the prison in his wheelchair.
Williams on Monday was ordered to report to the facility by U.S. District Judge Prentice Marshall in Chicago, who refused to reduce the sentence that Williams' attorney claims is "a death sentence."
Williams, who suffers from emphysema and heart trouble and has appeared in court with an oxygen tank and in a wheelchair, will be confined in a single room at the medical center, said George Diffenbaucher, chief of social services at the hospital.