Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison for 18 felony corruption convictions. His convictions included trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that President Obama left behind when he moved to the White House. Blagojevich started by apologizing to the court for his “terrible mistakes”, his first-ever apology since his arrest 3 years ago. “I’m here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty…I never set out to break the law. I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions and the things I did and I thought I could do.” U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel replied, “The jury didn’t believe you and neither did I.” Blagojevich appeared on Season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice in Spring 2010. Trump consequently fired Blagojevich in the 4th episode of the season.