Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for charges of trying to sell Obama's U.S. Senate seat after Obama moved to the White House as president. Blagojevich denied wrongdoing and refused to step down as governor. He was later impeached. At his sentencing on Wednesday, Blagojevich apologized for trying to sell the Senate seat and said he accepted responsibility for his crimes.
The federal judge, however, felt that this apology, if it was sincere, should have come sooner. Blagojevich's wife and children had written letters asking the judge to be lenient in the sentencing, but the judge said he felt Blagojevich should have had his family in mind when he committed the federal crimes. He said that if it was consolation to Blagojevich's two children he was not being convicted of being a bad father, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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