Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has been sentenced to 78 months, or six and half years, in prison for conspiracy, bribery and other crimes.
Though Siegelman will receive credit for the approximately nine months he's already served, so will serve a total of 69 months in federal prison. In addition to his prison sentence, Siegelman has been fined $50,000, which has been paid. A judge has ordered Siegelman will be under supervised release for three years and must serve 500 hours community service.
Susan James, Siegelman's attorney, has requested that the former governor be assigned to a prison near his family. Judge Mark Fuller said he will recommend that Siegelman be placed in a low security prison as close to Alabama as possible. Ultimately, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will determine where Siegelman will serve his term.
Judge Fuller also ruled that Siegelman will not have to report to prison until Sept. 11, 2012 to start serving this amended sentence. His travel will be restricted during that time and will have to be approved by the court.
Today's re-sentencing concerns Siegelman's 2006 conspiracy conviction. Siegelman has spent nine months in prison for conspiring to hide a bribe from then HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. He was allowed out of prison more than four years ago to appeal his conviction, but those appeals have since been denied.
Siegelman said he will discuss a possible appeal to the re-sentencing with his attorney. The former governor said that while he accepts the jury's verdict and the legal process, he believes the U.S. Supreme Court needs to clarify what is a bribe and what is a contribution.
After his re-sentencing, Siegelman apologized again to the people of Alabama and his family while speaking with reporters. He says he plans to spend as much time as possible with his family in the next few weeks before he is required to report to prison.
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