Blagojevich reports to federal prison
LITTLETON | Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich walked into a federal prison in Colorado to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption Thursday, the latest chapter in the downfall of a charismatic politician that seemed more like a bizarre reality-tv show than a legal battle.
With helicopters and TV news crews broadcasting his every move, Blagojevich stepped out of a black SUV and walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver just before noon.
Blagojevich — Illinois’ second exgovernor now in prison for corruption — was convicted on 18 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
“I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience, and I have high, high hopes for the future,” Blagojevich told reporters and well-wishers as he left his home for his flight to Denver.
Along with his attorneys, the 55year-old Democrat spent about an hour driving around the minimumsecurity facility once arriving in Littleton, near Denver, stopping for lunch and waving to onlookers before relinquishing his freedom.