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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be spending the next 14 years in prison.  A federal judge handed down the sentence this afternoon on federal corruption charges.  During sentencing, Blagojevich accepted responsibility saying he was sorry for what happened and didn't set out to break the law.  He was convicted over the summer of trying to sell President Obama's former U.S. Senate seat for cash and political favors.  Blagojevich is still expected to appeal the conviction.  The ex-governor's sentence is twice as long as the prison time given to former governor George Ryan, who Blagojevich succeeded in the governor's mansion.  He has to report to prison by February 16th.  He also has to pay a 20-thousand-dollar fine.

 
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