Rod Blagojevich could face 20 years in prison after being found guilty on 17 out of 20 charges surrounding his attempt to sell or trade Barack Obama‘s vacated Illinois Senate position. Prosecutors are asking for the judge to sentence Blagojevich harshly, but on Tuesday, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant made an eleventh-hour attempt for a lighter sentence.
He did something he’s never done before: He admitted he is guilty.
When he was found guilty in trial, he told reporters he was “stunned.” Now, finally, his attorneys admit his wrongdoing in the hope that the judge will be more lenient. Attorneys also appealed to the judge’s family side — reading a letter from Blago’s 15-year-old daughter Amy, begging the judge not to send him to jail.
The judge was told that a long jail term for Blago would “devastate” his kids and wife, who once ate a tarantula on “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.”
“Take into account the impact that his absence will have on such a
tight-knit family. He doesn’t
deserve mercy because he has a family. What I submit your honor is that
his family deserves mercy,” said his lawyer, Aaron Goldstein.