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Jefferson sentenced to 13 years

5 years ago November 13, 2009 Nov 13, 2009 Friday, November 13 2009 Friday, November 13, 2009 3:53:42 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jessica Dunne

Former Louisiana congressman William Jefferson has been sentenced to 13 years for racketeering, and taking bribes.  The sentence is far less than the 27 years the prosecution sought.

Prosecutors said he took in nearly $500,000 in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. 

Jefferson, a Democrat, had represented parts of New Orleans.

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