Prosecutors ask for longer sentence for Siegelman

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have recommended that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman be sentenced to 20 years in prison when he receives a new sentencing hearing in federal court in Montgomery.

That's a much longer sentence than the more than seven-year prison term Siegelman originally received for his 2006 conviction in a federal government corruption case. The recommendation comes after a panel of three appellate judges dismissed two of the seven charges the former governor was convicted of and ordered a new sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors made the recommendation in a letter to federal probation officers. The probation officers will prepare a report recommending a new sentence to U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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