The Associated Press website reports today (December 7, 2011) that Rod Blagojevich -- the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle -- was sentenced to 14 years in prison today.
Blagojevich's 18 convictions included allegations of seeking a bribe from someone he would appoint to fill President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
In a final plea for mercy today, Blagojevich, 54, told Judge James Zagel, "I'm here convicted of crimes... and I am accepting of it, I acknowledge it, and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it."
Blagojevich was born in Chicago and is of the Serbian Orthodox Christian faith. His parents emigrated to the United States from Serbia in 1947.