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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 168 Months in Jail

Wednesday, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 168 months (14 years) in prison for attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Barack Obama when he ran for President.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had this to say about the sentencing:

Based on his convictions - for numerous crimes he was caught on tape committing during just one six-week period -  Blagojevich deserves a lengthy prison sentence. Unfortunately, though, it cannot fix the damage he inflicted on our state over his six years as governor. Blagojevich became governor by promising ethical reform, but from the start, he relentlessly used his position to pursue illegal and morally bankrupt schemes motivated by power and greed. His conduct was disgraceful, and the cost to the state has been devastating. Blagojevich refused to govern responsibly and, instead, put Illinois up for sale. He tarnished the state’s reputation nationally and internationally, and he destroyed the public’s trust in government. May today’s sentence put an end to corruption in the Illinois’ governor’s office.

As for Blagojevich himself he said, “I’m here convicted of crimes. The jury decided that I was guilty and I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it and, of course, am unbelievably sorry for it.”

He stated that his life “is in ruins” as a result of his “stupidity and actions”. He added that thanks to him, his children’s innocence was “ruined” because “it’s not like their name is Smith. They can’t hide.”

Though sentenced Wednesday, Blago does not have to report to federal prison until February 16, 2012, meaning he can still spend the upcoming holidays with his family.