Prosecutors want Blagojevich to serve full original sentence

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago, after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts. On Monday, March 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended that a judge impose the same 14-year prison sentence on Rod Blagojevich at his August resentencing that the imprisoned governor received at his original sentencing in 2011.

The filing by the U.S. attorney’s office at midnight Monday comes after an appeals court struck five of the Chicago Democrat’s 18 convictions last year.

Prosecutors said in their 14-page filing that “nothing in the dismissal of the five counts undermines the need for a very significant sentence.”

They also said that Blagojevich has never taken responsibility for his crimes, including his attempted sale of President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat.

A defense memo asks sentencing Judge James Zagel to drastically reduce Blagojevich’s sentence to about five years. It cites, among other things, his model behavior in prison

 

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