Blago­je­vich re­ports to fed­eral prison

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

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.

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