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Ex-Ala. gov. going back to prison for bribery
Ex-Ala. Gov. Siegelman going back to prison; sentenced more than 6 years on bribery conviction
By The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is going back to prison.

Federal judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman on Friday to 6 years for his conviction on bribery and other charges. Earlier in court, Siegelman apologized for his actions.

Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.

The 66-year-old was originally sentenced to more than seven years in prison. He was given nine months credit for time served and will be on probation for two years.

He had been out pending his appeals.

Scrushy recently finished his five-year sentence.

Several character witnesses asked the judge for leniency. He acknowledged the good Siegelman had done but said it didn't justify his crime.

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