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Ex-Rep. Jefferson to be sentenced for bribery

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer following an FBI bribery sting will soon learn his punishment.

Sentencing is scheduled this afternoon in a Virginia courtrooom for William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans.

Jefferson was convicted on charges including bribery and racketeering. Prosecutors said he took in roughly half a million dollars in bribes and sought millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.

Prosecutors want the 62-year-old Jefferson to serve at least 27 years in prison, which would be the longest term ever imposed on a congressman convicted of bribery.

The defense wants less than 10 years and hopes Jefferson can remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction.

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