Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for a slew of crimes involving bribes and money laundering during his two terms in office.
The Democrat led the city during years of recovery after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On Feb. 12, Nagin, 58, was convicted for accepting numerous bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars, and free luxury vacations and materials. The bribes mostly came from businessmen in exchange for work in New Orleans or for the former mayor to get behind their projects, according to the Huffington Post.
Overall, Nagin allegedly received about $500,000 in bribes.
In September, Nagin is set to head to federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana.
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The Democrat has not apologized and has denied all wrongdoing. On Wednesday morning, he made a brief statement in court, which his family and supporters also attended.
"I trust that God's going to work all this out," he said during the statement.
U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan could have sentenced Nagin to 20 years in prison for his crimes, but chose to stick with 10, claiming that he was not the head of the illegal operations for which he accepted bribes. She also said that the former mayor displayed a commitment to helping New Orleans when he took office in 2002 despite his corrupt behavior. As mayor, he said he planned to combat corruption in some city institutions and programs.
"Mr. Nagin claimed a much, much smaller share of the profits in this conspiracy," Berrigan said.
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The crimes Nagin was involved in also included two of his family members. Nagin’s family business accepted loads of granite as one of their bribes, and his sons, who helped run the company, have not been convicted.
Source: Huffington Post