Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years In Prison

Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years In Prison

Three years after disgraced former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, attempted to sell President Barack Obama's vacant seat in the Senate in exchange for cash or a high-power job, he's finally received his sentencing: 14 years behind bars. Served!

Before his sentencing, Blagojevich did take responsibility for his crimes, saying, "I’m here convicted of crimes...and I am accepting of it, I acknowledge it and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it." The judge did acknowledge his apology, but ultimately said it did not lessen the severity of his crimes.

"When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired," the judge, James Zagel, said.

According to The Washington Post, Blagojevich will likely serve his sentence in a prison outside of Illinois, and he wouldn't be eligible for early release until he serves 12 years.

[Via The Washington Post]

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