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Dec072011

Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A federal judge has sentenced impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, giving little weight to Blagojevich’s first-ever apology Wednesday morning since his arrest three years ago.

“The jury didn’t believe you and neither did I,” U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said.

Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption charges, including the scheme to peddle the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama.

Blagojevich started the day by telling the court that he was, “unbelievably sorry” for his “terrible mistakes” -- it was his last chance to convince the federal judge that he deserved some mercy when he was sentenced on corruption charges.

Prosecutors argued that he has failed the people of Illinois and instead, “further eroded the public’s confidence in government and government officials.”

Defense lawyers argued that because Blagojevich received no money in his assorted schemes to peddle his power, he did not deserve extended time behind bars.

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