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Former congressman to be sentenced today

5 years ago November 13, 2009 Nov 13, 2009 Friday, November 13 2009 Friday, November 13, 2009 7:37:41 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer and was later convicted of federal bribery charges will soon learn his punishment.

William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in Virginia. Jefferson was convicted on charges including bribery and racketeering.

Prosecutors want the 62-year-old Jefferson to serve at least 27 years in prison, which would be the longest term ever imposed on a congressman convicted of bribery.

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