CHICAGO (AP) – Rod Blagojevich says he’s never considered a plea deal with federal prosecutors even though the impeached Illinois governor could face the possibility of spending decades behind bars.

Blagojevich spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday, just days before his retrial on corruptions charges is set to get under way.

His first trial ended last year after a jury deadlocked on 23 of 24 counts against him, including allegations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

For his retrial, prosecutors have dropped some of the charges and say they plan to present a more streamlined case.

Blagojevich said he “acted honestly” and his “heart is in the right place.” But he also says he understands what he would lose if he doesn’t prevail in the retrial.

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