Former AL Governor Sentenced to 6 Years for Bribery, Conspiracy
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was re-sentenced today to serve 5 years and 9 more months in federal prison for bribery, conspiracy, and other crimes. He must also pay a $50,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service.
In 2006, Siegelman appointed former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board in exchange for a $500,000 contribution to his gubernatorial campaign - both were convicted that year.
Siegelman has spent 9 months of his original 7-year sentence, and has been out of prison for over four years. WSFA reports:
Federal Judge Mark Fuller handed down the sentence today in Federal Court in Montgomery. During sentencing Fuller said, "I don't have any animosity towards you at all. My heart breaks for you, but today is the first day that I heard you say that you respected the system and accepted the verdict....it has taken you 21 years to understand that. And I find that difficult."
Attorney Susan James spoke to media outside the courthouse saying she had hoped for a lesser sentence, but her team put forth the best defense it could. Siegleman also addressed the media saying he and his family will go home, hold hands and pray. He said he couldn't think of a day in his life that was as difficult. He must surrender to begin his prison term on or before September 11, 2012.
Read WSFA’s live blog of today’s re-sentencing hearing here.