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Update: Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has been
committed to 78 months in federal prison. After he is released he will be
placed on supervised release for 3 years and will have to perform 500 hours of
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Ex-Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is apologizing for any embarrassment his bribery conviction may have caused.
In a quiet voice, the 66-year-old Siegelman told a judge during his resentencing hearing Friday that he "deeply regrets" the things he has done.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Siegelman's sentence would not be longer than the seven years and four months he originally received.
Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. Prosecutors say they arranged $500,000 in contributions to the Democrat's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
The judge said the case has been hard on everyone.
New sentencing hearing under way for former Gov. Don Siegelman
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge holding a new sentencing hearing for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says there is "no doubt" Siegelman bribed a former hospital executive.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Friday that Siegelman's sentence would not be longer than the seven years and four months he originally received.
The 66-year-old Siegelman appeared in good spirits as he entered the courthouse. He declined to comment.
He served about nine months before being released pending his appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear his case.
Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. Prosecutors say they arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to a hospital regulatory board.
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