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Former N.C. House member expected to enter S.C. federal prison

RALEIGH. (AP) -- Former North Carolina state Rep. Michael Decker is headed to a federal prison in Bennettsville, South Carolina Tuesday. Decker was sentenced to four years in prison in April for accepting a bribe to switch political parties. Decker's deal helped then-House Speaker Jim Black retain power but also led to his downfall. The former democratic house speaker is serving a five-year prison sentence for political corruption. A judge sentenced Decker on one count of soliciting and accepting $50,000 in cash and campaign contributions to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party.

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