Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced Rod Blagojevich to
14 years for corruption that included trying to sell or trade an
appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

It's one of the stiffest penalties for corruption in a state
with a history of crooked politics.

Blagojevich apologized for his crimes and asked for mercy in
addressing the judge earlier Wednesday.

His attorneys had said the sentence of 15 to 20 years
prosecutors wanted was too harsh.

He is the second successive Illinois governor sentenced for
corruption. His Republican predecessor, George Ryan, is serving a 6
1/2 year term.

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