Sentencing Hearing

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Lawyer Seeks Less Than 12 Years For Ex-Cop In Kidnap-Torture-Murder Plot

Steve Mandell might have been convicted in one of the grisliest and most lurid federal trials in Chicago’s recent history, but he deserves a “glimmer of hope that he will one day be free at an old age,” his attorney Francis Lipuma argues in a court filing ahead of Mandell’s sentencing next month.

11/14/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Ford Spared Jail, Gets Probation And Fine For Tax Charge

A federal judge has sentenced Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford to probation and a fine for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

11/07/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Ford To Be Sentenced In Tax Case

Three days after being re-elected, Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford will learn if he’ll have to spend time behind bars for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

11/07/2014

Bethany McKee (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Woman Sentenced To Life In Prison In Grisly Joliet Slayings

Bethany McKee was convicted of two counts of murder in August, in the strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in January 2013.

11/04/2014

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Prosecutors Seek 14 Years For “NATO 3″

A judge will decide whether to heed the prosecutors’ request that three protesters accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks at a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago serve more than a decade in prison.

04/25/2014

Surveillance photo shows the suspect who robbed a Niles bank on Feb. 9. Federal prosecutors say Walter Unbehaun did it because he wanted to return to prison. (Credit: FBI)

Ex-Con Homesick For Prison To Be Sentenced For Bank Robbery

Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it’s not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

04/17/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Former Blago, Jackson Fundraiser Gets 2 Years

Raghuveer Nayak had previously pleaded guilty to federal health-care fraud charges, and faced up to 23 years in prison. On Monday he apologized before he was sentenced, asking the judge to have mercy on him and his family.

02/10/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Jackson Fundraiser To Be Sentenced In Unrelated Bribery Case

A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

01/22/2014

Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies toys. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Beanie Babies Founder Gets Probation For Tax Evasion

The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies avoided prison Monday, when he was sentenced to two years of probation for evading taxes by hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account that contained more than $100 million at one time.

01/14/2014

Jesse Jackson Jr., left; Sandi Jackson (Getty Images)

Sentencing Delayed For Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate in federal court, after a judge delayed their sentencing hearing on Monday.

07/01/2013

Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Crundwell Gets Nearly 20 Years For Embezzling $53M From Dixon

The former comptroller in Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

Blagojevich Insider Stuart Levine Sentenced To 51/2 Years In Prison

A political insider who became one of the government’s key witnesses in the corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration was sentenced Thursday to 5 1/2 years in prison.

07/19/2012

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Sentencing Hearing Delayed Again

A federal judge agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime Springfield powerbroker with ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a second time Wednesday because of health issues.

07/18/2012

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

No More Time Behind Bars For Rezko In Fraud Case

A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced Tony Rezko to 7 1/2 years in prison for a fraud conviction, but will allow him to serve it at the same time as his longer sentence in a separate case.

12/22/2011

Connie Wilson, forewoman of the jury that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts, discusses the 14-year prison sentence he received on Dec. 7, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Jurors See Different Side Of Blagojevich At Sentencing

Members of the jury that convicted Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts this past summer said they saw a very different man in court on Wednesday from the cocky, glad-handing politician they watched for more nearly two months at his trial.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Rod Blagojevich

After Judge Deals Setback, Blagojevich Lawyers Make Impassioned Plea For Mercy

After being dealt an early setback from the judge hearing his case, defense attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an impassioned plea for mercy at his sentencing hearing, drawing on his family’s own words about the devastating impact a long sentence would have on them.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich outside his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (CBS)

Prosecutors: Blagojevich Trying To Dodge Responsibility

One day before Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing was set to begin, federal prosecutors reasserted that the former governor has never accepted responsibility for his crimes and urged the judge to reject Blagojevich’s push for leniency.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich outside his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (CBS)

Observer: Blagojevich Will Never Say ‘I’m Sorry’

A trial observer says the only thing deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich could say to help his cause during his sentencing hearing this week is, “I’m sorry.”

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the federal courthouse where opening remarks were delivered at his corruption retrial on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Quiet Weekend For Blagojevich Ahead Of Sentencing

It’s a quiet weekend for convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and his family, just days before his sentencing hearing.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Feds Want 15-20 Year Sentence For Blago; Defense Seeks Much Less

Federal prosecutors intend to ask a federal judge to sentence former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a 15- to 20-year prison term. But defense attorneys are seeking a much lighter sentence, arguing Blagojevich never profited from the crimes on which he was convicted and caused no public harm.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

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