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Feds Want 15-20 Years for Blago Sentence

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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked that convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich be sentenced to 15-20 years in prison.

Blagojevich was convicted on 17 corruption counts during his retrial over the summer and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6 by Judge James Zagel.

The feds reportedly floated a 30-year sentence back in September, but a 21-page memo filed Wednesday suggests something less.

"In light of Blagojevich's extensive corruption of high office, the damage he caused to the integrity of Illinois government, and the need to deter others from similar acts, the government suggests a sentence of 15 to 20 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary," the government wrote in the filing.

The feds hammered home their point by citing several of Blagojevich's misdeeds, actions they called "extremely damaging" considering he was governor at the time.

"Blagojevich’s extortion, bribery, and fraud was extremely serious by any standard," they said.

Blagojevich was to have been sentenced in early October, but Zagel delayed the proceeding because of the trial of Springfield power broker William Cellini, a Blagojevich associate.

UPDATE: Blagojevich's defense team filed a motion asking for leniency in sentencing...

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