Guidelines for Bribery Sentencing Hearing: Scrushy, Siegelman
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., to begin sentencing on his bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud convictions. (FOX6 WBRC-TV MyFoxAL.com, video)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP MyFoxAL.com) -- A federal judge adopted sentencing guidelines today that could send former Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman to prison for more than 10 years and former HealthSouth
CEO Richard Scrushy for more than eight years.
US District Judge Mark Fuller also established a range of fines
of $17,000, $500 to $150,000 for Siegelman. That
range was $15,000 to $150,000 for Scrushy. Fuller does not have to follow the guidelines and can give final sentences that are harsher or more lenient.
In making his findings, Fuller ruled that his decision was
influenced by a determination that both Siegelman and Scrushy had
failed to take responsibility for their crimes.
Prosecutors had requested sentences of 30 years in prison for
Siegelman and 25 years for Scrushy and that both men pay millions
of dollars in fines.
Almost a year ago, Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted of
bribery and related crimes in a government corruption case. The
sentencing hearing is expected to last much of the week.