Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In A Federal Prison

Rod R. Blagojevich

Last June, Blagojevich was convicted of 18 counts of corruption charges.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 7, 2011

Chicago - On Wednesday, former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, 54, (Dem.) was sentenced by the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois Judge James Zagel to 14 years in a federal prison for an 18 count corruption conviction. Blagojevich was also fined $20,000 and must serve two years of supervision after completing his sentence. He has until Feb. 16, 2012 to turn himself to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin his sentence.
Last June, Blagojevich was convicted on corruption charges for wire fraud, bribery and extortion, including trying to sell President Barack H. Obama's former U.S. Senate seat for $1.5 million in campaign contributions and other personal benefits.
Blagovich asked for leniency. He said, that he didn't know what he was doing and that he was sorry for what had happened. During the sentencing hearing, he admitted to the Judge Zagel that he accepted the guilty verdict and had no one to blame, but himself and his stupidity.
Judge Zagel said, “The harm here is no measured in the value of money or property . . . the harm is the erosion of public trust in government.”

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