Blagojevich To Pick Preferred Prison For 14-Year Sentence
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday will have to tell the court where he wants to spend his 14 years behind bars.
Blagojevich’s attorneys will file a motion before U.S. District Court Judge James B. Zagel later Friday, indicating the prison where Blagojevich would prefer to serve his sentence.
They are also readying an appeal of his conviction in the meantime.
Likely options for Blagojevich include prisons in downstate Pekin; Milan, Mich.; or Duluth or Sandstone, Minn.
Zagel sentenced Blagojevich on Wednesday. After the decision by Judge Zagel, Blagojevich vowed to stay strong.
“Rudyard Kipling, in his poem, ‘If,’ among the things he wrote is, ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors the same,’ ” he said. “For Patti and I, and especially me, this is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity. This is a time for me to be strong for my children; to be strong for Patti.”
Over the summer, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption, including trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Blagojevich must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, and thus will be eligible for release in about 12 years.