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These Guys Got Off Easier Than Blago



    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison. The sentence came six months after he was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts of corruption charges.

    How does his sentence stack up to other notable criminals? Ward Room has compiled a list:

    Al Capone, gangster -- 11 years for tax evasion.

    Charles “Lucky” Luciano, founder of La Cosa Nostra
    -- 10 years for operating a prostitution ring.

    Adm. Karl Donitz, commander of the German Navy during World War II -- 10 years for planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression.
    Moshe Katsav, president of Israel
    -- Seven years for rape

    Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, mafia hit man responsible for 19 murders
    -- Five years for racketeering.

    Blagojevich: See You Soon

    [CHI] Blagojevich: See You Soon
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich quotes Rudyard Kipling in brief remarks to the media after he's sentenced to 14 years on corruption charges.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012)

    Dan White, San Francisco supervisor -- Five years for assassinating Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk

    Lt. William Calley, U.S. solider -- 3½ years of house arrest for overseeing the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.

    Conrad Black, lord -- 3½ years for mail fraud and obstruction of justice, after looting Hollinger International -- parent company of the Sun-Times -- of millions of dollars.

    Robert Blagojevich: Brother's Sentence "Draconian, Unfair"

    [CHI] Robert Blagojevich: Brother's Sentence "Draconian, Unfair"
    The brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- a co-defendant in the first trial -- speaks out about his brother's 14-year sentence on corruption charges.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011)

    Mike Tyson, boxer -- Three years for rape.

    Jim Mitchell, pornographer -- three years for involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his brother, Artie.

    John Mitchell, attorney general of the Unites States -- 19 months for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury related to the Watergate break-in.

    Dan Walker, former Illinois governor -- 18 months for embezzling over $1 million from a savings and loan he operated.

    O.J. Simpson, football player -- No jail time for allegedly killing his ex-wife and a waiter.

    Richard M. Nixon, president of the United States -- “A full, free and absolute pardon…for all offenses against the United States.”