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Former Ms. Washington Sentenced in Murder Case

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Peggy Sue Thomas, a former Ms. Washington and ex-wife of a millionaire, was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the murder of a former colleague’s husband.

The ex-beauty queen accepted a plea bargain in January, one week before she was due to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. Thomas pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree, and in exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors recommended a four-year sentence.

The punishment disappointed the family of Russell Thomas, who was found shot to death in his car two days after Christmas 2003.

“It seems like a travesty of the basic sense of justice that she would be sentenced to less than four years in prison for the cold and premeditated act that could not have happened without her involvement,” the victim’s father, Jim Douglas, said in court on Friday, ABC News' Seattle affiliate KOMO reported.

Prosecutors said Thomas and her then-boyfriend, James Huden, lured Douglas into a remote area so Huden could shoot him.

Douglas was found dead in a car in Freeland, Whidbey Island, two days after Christmas 2003.

Prosecutors said it could have been a revenge murder, with Huden and Thomas suspecting that Douglas was abusing his wife and kids.

At his trial last year, Huden declined to reveal why he targeted Douglas and rebuffed a deal to testify against his former girlfriend.

Huden was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

The former beauty queen was given an opportunity by the judge on Friday to come clean about the murder, but she declined.

Thomas did, however, address her tarnished image in January when she accepted the plea bargain.

“I’m not the woman that’s been portrayed in the papers over the last few years,” she said. “I would want to tell Russell Douglas and his family that I am so sorry for their loss.”

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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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