Former Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption in a case in which he famously hid $90,000 in his freezer.Prosecutors had asked for 27 years, the Defense less than 10. The judge also the forfeiture of $470,653.47 to the government. Jefferson and his wife filed for bankruptcy recently and he owes his lawyers are owed $5.7 million. What a disgrace.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III delivered the sentence at a packed courtroom in the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. Prosecutors had asked for 27 to 33 years in prison, while Jefferson's lawyers said the prison term should be less than 10 years.
Jefferson stood stoically as the sentence was read, showing little emotion.Ellis said that Jefferson, a New Orleans Democrat who served nine terms in Congress, must surrender at the federal correctional facility ultimately selected for his incarceration by the Bureau of Prisons.