A federal judge resentenced former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to more than six years of federal prison time Friday on charges stemming from a 2006 bribery trial. Siegelman has been out of jail on appeal since 2008.
Siegelman’s friends and family made pleas for leniency on his behalf Friday. Montgomery attorney Joe Espy, a friend of Siegelman’s, made a presentation to the judge, and an attorney general from Arizona also asked for mercy. Siegelman also spoke on his on behalf.
Siegelman was convicted of soliciting a bribe from former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for an appointment on a state board. He was found guilty on seven charges, though two charges were later thrown out.
Scrushy was also convicted. He was sentenced to more than six years in prison and was released on July 25.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller ordered that Siegelman turn himself in by Sept. 11, 2012. Fuller also said he’d recommend Siegelman for the least restrictive federal prison facility nearest to Alabama.
Siegelman was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service, a $50,000 fine due immediately, and a $500 special assessment. Siegelman will get credit for roughly nine months he’s already served, leaving approximately 69 months of prison time, or 5 years, 9 months.
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