Jailhouse Rod: Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday for what prosecutors called a criminal corruption crime spree three years ago.

Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges including trying to trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for money or favors.

Don't expect any Lindsay Lohan loopholes either. He'll have to serve a minimum of nearly 12 years under federal rules that require 85% of sentences be served.

As he left the Chicago courthouse, Blagojevich told reporters that "we're going to keep fighting on through this adversity ... This is a time to be strong."

The judge announced the sentence after a somber Blagojevich, his voice cracking with emotion, pleaded for leniency with a round of apologies to ... everyone.

"I'm here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it, and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it," Blagojevich said.

"I want to apologize to the people of Illinois, to the court, for the mistakes I have made.... I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines."

The judge was unmoved. He must report to prison by February 16.

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