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article imageFormer New Orleans mayor sentenced to 10 years

By Justin King     Jul 10, 2014 in Crime
New Orleans - Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans during hurricane Katrina, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for money laundering, bribery, and other corruption related charges.
Nagin was convicted of 20 of the 21 charges listed on the indictment last February. Federal prosecutors described him as being on the take and having sold out his office. During the sentencing hearing Nagin told U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan
The only thing I want to say is I want to thank you and your staff for the professionalism that you provided. As far as my role in this, we stand by the testimonies already presented.
Nagin was facing up to 20 years in prison, and the Judge took several factors into account before handing down the sentence. The sentence is expected to be upheld if appealed. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling allowed judges to deviate from the United States Sentencing Commission’s recommended guidelines.
Corruption in Lousiana is not uncommon. Former Governor Edwin Edwards was given a 10-year sentence in 2000 for corruption. He is now out of prison and leading in the polls for his congressional bid. In 2012, Former US Representative William Jefferson began his 13-year sentence. Jefferson is currently at the Oakdale Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp. Nagin will likely join him there.
Nagin was convicted of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from businesses who were attempting to gain favor with city hall. The bribes came in the form of cash, vacations, and granite for a family business. He said he would appeal his conviction.
Nagin said
I trust that God’s going to work all this out.
Nagin’s wife accompanied him to the sentencing hearing.
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