Blago's Ex-Chief of Staff Sentencing Postponed

Prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of a few years

Friday, Mar 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:29 PM CDT
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Rod Blagojevich Enters Prison

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John Harris, Blago's chief of staff, is seen leaving the Dirksen Federal Building in 2008 after facing companion charges alongside the governor. Harris resigned his post.

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Rod Blagojevich Enters Prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked Thursday morning into the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Colorado to begin serving his 14-year prison sentence. This helicopter footage shows the former governor give a wave as he got out of the car then walk beside his two attorneys into the facility.
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As Rod Blagojevich begins serving his 14-year prison sentence in Colorado, a one-time aide will have wait a little longer to learn his punishment for helping his old boss try to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Sentencing for the former chief of staff John Harris has been rescheduled for March 28, at 1:30 p.m. Harris was supposed to receive his sentence Friday, but the hearing has been postponed.

Harris' attorney, Terry Elk, said they had wanted to get the sentencing over with today, but understand the delay.

Unlike the ex-governor, Harris started cooperating with investigators days after both were arrested Dec. 9, 2008. And he eventually pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors.

Harris' cooperation included testifying for 10 days at Blagojevich's trials. That may mean Judge James Zagel shows him more leniency on Friday than he showed Blagojevich.

Prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of a few years. Defense attorneys say Harris should get probation.

The former state official launched a new career after his legal troubles, working as an apprentice on high power lines.

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