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Old 09-04-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Abramoff gets 4 years prison in corruption scandal

WASHINGTON - Jack Abramoff, the once powerful lobbyist at the heart of a far-reaching political corruption scandal, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday by a judge who said the case had shattered the public's confidence in government.

Abramoff, who fought back tears as he declared himself a broken man, appeared crestfallen as the judge handed down a sentence lengthier than prosecutors had sought.

"I come before you as a broken man," Abramoff said at his sentencing before U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. "I'm not the same man who happily and arrogantly engaged in a lifestyle of political and business corruption."

Wearing green prison pants and a brown T-shirt, Abramoff wept as his attorney discussed his family's suffering. He seemed shocked when Huvelle handed down her sentence, looking at his wife and children and shaking his head.

Already two years into a prison term from a separate case in Florida, Abramoff, 49, will have spent about six years in prison by the time he is released, far longer than he and his attorneys expected for a man who became the key FBI witness in his own corruption case.


By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

Associated Press writers Erica Werner and Jesse J. Holland contributed to this report.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/...off_sentencing


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