Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has apologized to a federal judge for breaking the law. In his final statement today during sentencing, the ex-Illinois governor said he's "incredibly sorry" and accepts the fact he was found guilty. Judge James Zagel responded on the final day of the sentencing hearing by handing down a sentence of 14 years in prison for the governor who was convicted earlier this year for trying to sell President Obama's former U.S. Senate seat for cash and politcal favors. He'd long declared his innocence until this week.
The judge could have issued up to 30 years in jail, and while prosecutors were looking for at least 15 years in prison, the Blagojevich camp was seeking mercy and a short jail term...possibly even probation. Today in court, Blagojevich also apologized to his brother, Rob Blagojevich, for being involved in the case. He also says he was "childish and not productive" for fighting federal prosectors.