Feds seek up to 20 years for Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted of corruption in June.

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  • Prosecutors ask that Rod Blagojevich be sentenced to 15 to 20 years in jail
  • Former Illinois governor was found guilty of 17 corruption charges
  • Sentencing is scheduled for December 6
Federal prosecutors are asking that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich be sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.
He was convicted of corruption in June, when a jury returned 17 guilty verdicts against him.
"In light of Blagojevich's extensive corruption of high office, the damage he caused to the integrity of Illinois government, and the need to deter others from similar acts, the government suggests a sentence of 15 to 20 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wrote in court documents filed Wednesday.
Attorneys for Blagojevich had no immediate comment.
Sentencing is scheduled to take place December 6.