Rod Blagojevich Federal Corruption Charges 14 Years
April 20, 2012 by staff
Rod Blagojevich Federal Corruption Charges 14 Years, Convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich stepped off a plane in Colorado on Thursday and headed to a federal prison to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption, the latest chapter in the downfall of a charismatic politician that seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.
In what has become a familiar scene in the three years since Blagojevich was taken out of his home in handcuffs by federal agents, the former governor had earlier bounded down the stairs of his Chicago home as a throng of cameramen, photographers and reporters crushed around him and well-wishers shouted encouragement.
As he has done repeatedly before and after his conviction, Blagojevich sounded an optimistic and even defiant note.
“I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future,” said Blagojevich, wearing a dark shirt, sport coat and blue jeans.
Blagojevich was not accompanied by his wife, Patti, who wiped away tears the night before as he addressed the media. She and the couple’s two daughters did not step out of the house, though she could be seen through the windows and one of the two girls peeked out a window from time to time before her father departed.
“Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Blagojevich said.
Followed by helicopters and television news crews, Blagojevich arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. A mob of travelers took photographs on their cellphones as Blagojevich, his arms raised, stood in a body scanner before heading to down the concourse.
He stepped off a plane less than three hours later at Denver airport, where local media reported he got in a car waiting for him at the airport gate.
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