Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced this afternoon to 14 years in prison for his June conviction on 17 counts of federal corruption charges.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich told Federal Judge James Zagel on Wednesday morning that he was sorry for his actions in try to sell the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama. He spoke for about 20 minutes at his his sentencing hearing.
Blagojevich, who had faced 20 corruption charges in his second trial, was convicted on 11 charges for trying to sell the Senate seat. He was also found guilty of attempting to shake down executives for campaign donations.
Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor in the last 40 years to be found guilty of crimes. Former Illinois governors George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner have also been convicted.