Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years

Kevin Burbach

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, according to the Strib.

The sentence ends Blagojevich’s three-year battle against corruption charges.  The twice-elected democrat received 18 convictions which included allegations of trying to sell the vacated Illinois senate seat left by President Obama – Blagojevich was looking to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job with the Senate seat.

Illinois has now had two consecutive governors sentenced to prison, and four in the last four decades.  George Ryan, the governor that preceded Blagojevich, is serving a sentence of 6 1/2 years for corruption.

Before sentencing, Blagojevich attempted to apologize. “I’m here convicted of crimes … ,” Blagojevich said, “and I am accepting of it, I acknowledge it and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it.”

Although it was potentially heartfelt, the judge concluded “his apology didn’t mitigate his crimes.”

Aside from the former governor himself, a former Blagojevich fundraiser was recently sentenced to 10 ½ years.

Due to federal law, felons must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. Blagojevich wouldn’t be up for early release until he serves 12 years.

Blagojevich’s future home is still undetermined. Typically white-collar criminal are given a few weeks to report to prison, according to the article. While serving, Blagojevich will share a cell with other inmates, be essentially cut off from the outside world, and work an eight-hour job such as mopping floors or scrubbing toilets — for 12 cents an hour.