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article imageTom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 10, 2011 in Politics
Austin - A Texas judge ruled on Monday that former US House majority leader Tom Delay will serve three years in prison after his conviction of money laundering and conspiracy charges in November.
The ruling was handed down by Judge Pat Priest, who sentenced DeLay to the three years on the conspiracy charges while the money laundering charge carried a five year sentence. However, the judge has allowed DeLay to serve 10 years probation and community service in lieu of prison time on the money laundering charge. Both sentences will be served concurrently.
“I always intended to follow the law,” DeLay said. “I’m not stupid. Everything I did I had accountants and lawyers telling me what to do and how to follow the letter of the law, even the spirit of the law,” he added, according to CNN.
The sentencing dismissed DeLay’s belief in himself for not violating the law and, quite predictably, had his defense attorney, Dick DeGeurin, quite upset.
“If I told you what I thought, I would get sued,” DeGeurin is quoted by CNN.
Prosecutor Steve Brandt had strongly recommended to the judge prison time for DeLay, noting the once-powerful Republican showed neglect for the law.
“He has shown no remorse, no remorse whatsoever,” Brandt said. “The man, according to him, does nothing wrong.”
“He needs to go to prison, Your Honor, and he needs to go today,” Brandt said in closing arguments, CNN reported.
DeLay’s guilty verdict in November stems from accusations of funneling $190,000 toward helping Republicans get elected to the state Senate and House back in 2002.
Once known as “The Hammer” for his strict adherence to party ideology, his sentence of three years in the slammer is expected to be appealed.
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