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Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets 30 Months for Corruption

Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced last week to 10 1/2 years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks

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Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets 30 Months for Corruption

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Former Alderman Medrano Sentenced to Prison

Ambrosio Medrano is going to prison for 10 and 1/2 years. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
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A federal judge has added 30 additional months to the time a former Chicago alderman will spend in prison for corruption.

Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced last week to 10 1/2 years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks. The conviction Medrano was sentenced for Monday involved him paying a bribe to hide an illegal deal to win Los Angeles County medical contracts.

In sentencing the 60-year-old Medrano, U.S. District Judge John Tharp said the politician had pulled off an "unprecedented . . . corruption trifecta."

Tharp rejected arguments by Medrano's defense attorney that the extra time would be like a "death sentence."

Medrano once boasted he wanted to be a "pig" who feasted on government contracts. He apologized Monday to the court, his family and the community he once represented.

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