Former Governor Don Siegelman Sentenced To 78 Months
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has been resentenced to 78 months in prison for his corruption conviction.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller issued the ruling shortly after 2:30 p.m. The hearing started Friday at 9 a.m. Defense attorneys called several character witnesses to the stand, who asked for leniency for Siegelman. Siegelman also took the stand and begged the judge for mercy.
Fuller went closer to the maximum sentence, though, which would have been 88 months, based on a formula for the various counts and charges in the 2006 trial.
Siegelman will get credit for the nine months he had previously served.
In addition to Siegelman’s prison time, the judge also issued the following punishments:
- A $50,000 fine
- Three years supervised probation, once Siegelman is released
- 500 hours of community service
Siegelman showed no emotion as the sentence was read. The defense immediately objected, saying the sentence was “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Judge Fuller said Siegelman could file an appeal within 14 days.
Defense attorney Susan James asked that Siegelman be allowed to serve his time closer to home, so it is not a hardship for his family to visit him. His previous incarceration was in Oklahoma City.
James also asked that Siegelman be allowed to self-surrender. Prosecutors didn’t like that, but the judge agreed to it, saying Siegelman must turn himself in on or before September 11, 2012.
Siegelman is restricted to the middle and northern districts of Alabama.
Read our courtroom updates from earlier in the day.