Thu October 4, 2012
Illinois Powerbroker Sentenced to Just Over Year in Prison
A judge in Chicago has sentenced William Cellini to a year and a day in prison. A federal jury convicted Cellini in November of conspiring to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" for a contribution to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign.
Prosecutors previously filed a sentencing memorandum in Cellini's case arguing for a "meaningful" prison sentence and contends giving him probation would "send exactly the wrong signal."
The 77-year-old Cellini earlier this year suffered a blood clot, just weeks after he had a heart attack.
Support for Cellini
Judge James Zagel said more than 360 letters sent on Cellini's behalf before sentencing was largest number he had ever seen. Zagel also ordered a 2-year term of supervised release. Cellini has been ordered to report to prison on Jan. 4, 2013
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