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Kenny reports to prison

Former Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny has a new title: Inmate No. 36965-048.

The disgraced politician reported to the federal prison camp in Phoenix on Tuesday to begin serving her 30-month sentence for taking bribes in exchange for political favors,

She showed up about 10:30 a.m., 90 minutes before the noon deadline to surrender, said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Fidencio Rivera.

The minimum-security camp is about 25 miles north of Phoenix and houses about 315 female prisoners. One former inmate called the camp "the best prison" she had been in, according to the 2002 book "The U.S. Federal Prison System."

"The housing is like a college campus," the anonymous inmate said. "College courses are available … and they have a great new vocational computer class along with a computer repair class. I really wish I was still there."

Inmates sleep two to a room. Furnishings include tile floors, wood desks and "our own light switch to turn on/off at our choice of time," the inmate said.

Kenny pleaded guilty in 2003 to accepting cash bribes from strip club owner Michael Galardi, and she told investigators that fellow county commissioners Dario Herrera and Mary Kincaid-Chauncey also took Galardi’s money.

Herrera and Kincaid-Chauncey were convicted on political corruption charges. Galardi and his bagman, former commissioner Lance Malone, pleaded guilty.

Kenny was the last of the group to report to prison. She testified last summer against developer Donald Davidson, who was convicted in July on conspiracy and wire fraud charges related to his attempt to bribe then-Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald. Davidson’s sentencing is set for December.

U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson originally set a Sept. 17 deadline for Kenny to report to prison, but a processing delay by the federal Bureau of Prisons gave her an extra month of freedom.

Dawson had also recommended Kenny serve her time at the prison camp in Victorville, Calif., which is two hours closer to Las Vegas by car. The judge changed the recommendation to Phoenix last month.

The reason for the change was unclear, although Kincaid-Chauncey is serving her 30-month sentence in Victorville.

Kenny’s lawyer, Frank Cremen, could not be reached for comment.

Acquaintances of the Kenny family said her husband, John, and their two college-age children would raise the couple’s three younger children. They will be able to visit Kenny on weekends and federal holidays.

Kenny also must pay a fine of more than $130,000. The Kennys took out a $1 million mortgage in August on their five-bedroom Summerlin home.

Contact reporter Brian Haynes at bhaynes@reviewjournal.com or (702) 383-0281.

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