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Former New Orleans Mayor sentenced to 10 years

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 01:08

A judge sentences ex-mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years in federal prison on corruption charges that arose in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Linda So reports.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrived with his wife Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a slew of charges including bribery, conspiracy, and fraud. But the ex-mayor continued to deny any wrongdoing regarding the corruption charges that spanned his two terms as mayor. Nagin was found guilty in February. Prosecutors say he took bribes from contractors, many who were involved with rebuilding efforts following Katrina. SOUNDBITE: PROSECUTOR MATT COMAN, SAYING: "What Ray Nagin did was sell his office and over and over again. The damage that Ray Nagin did and inflicted upon this community to include you ma'am, is incalculable." Nagin could have received a longer sentence, but the judge citing his devotion to his family said a shorter prison term was warranted. During his sentencing, Nagin said "I'm trusting God is going to work all this out." The former mayor must report to a Louisiana federal prison by September.

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Former New Orleans Mayor sentenced to 10 years

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 01:08