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Former Columbus councilman ordered to prison

Former Columbus councilman Kamal Karriem began a 10-year prison term this week after his probation was revoked for testing positive for cocaine.

Karriem was given five year’s probation and a 10-year suspended sentence in November 2005 after pleading guilty to charges of misusing city property.

Assistant District Attorney Frank Clark sought to revoke Karriem’s probation after he failed a drug test on April 2. Clark said Karriem tested positive for cocaine use.

Clark said Karriem also had failed to make court-ordered payments on court costs.

After a hearing last Friday, Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens revoked Karriem’s probation and reinstated the 10-year sentence.

Karriem was taken into custody on Monday, prosecutors said.

Court documents also showed Kitchens ordered Karriem to undergo drug and alcohol counseling.

Karriem was one of three people wounded in February when a Brooksville man opened fire in a Columbus shopping center parking lot. Karriem recovered from his wounds.