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Blagojevich faces 8 years more in prison after judge sticks to 14-year term

Blagojevich faces 8 years more in prison after judge sticks to 14-year term

Moments after learning his bid to reduce his 14-year sentence had failed, Rod Blagojevich stood alone in a stark prison room in Colorado on Tuesday while his family sobbed in a Chicago courtroom a thousand miles away.

Dressed in blue prison garb and with his famously jet-black hair now grayish-white, the former governor, appearing on a flickering closed-circuit television screen, shook his head and collapsed in his seat. He could hear his wife, Patti, and young daughters crying in the courtroom gallery, but he couldn't see them because the camera was still pointed at the judge's bench.

Finally, after the courtroom cleared of spectators, the camera was swiveled so the family...

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