Updated 09/25/13 – 1:58 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers got a big break from a federal judge on Wednesday, when he was sentenced to only six months in jail, and fined $10,000 for his conviction on tax evasion charges.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports federal prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of nearly two years for Beavers, who was convicted in March of four counts of tax evasion.
In addition to serving six months in jail and paying a $10,000 fine, U.S. District Judge James Zagel ordered Beavers to pay nearly $31,000 in back taxes. He also ordered Beavers to report to prison by Dec. 2, though Beavers’ attorneys will seek permission for him to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction.