Prosecutors want Blagojevich to serve entire 14-year sentence

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CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors have recommended that a judge impose the same 14-year prison sentence on Rod Blagojevich at his August resentencing that the imprisoned governor received at his original sentencing in 2011.

The filing by the U.S. attorney's office at midnight Monday comes after an appeals court struck five of the Chicago Democrat's 18 convictions last year.

Prosecutors said in their 14-page filing that "nothing in the dismissal of the five counts undermines the need for a very significant sentence."

They also said that Blagojevich has never taken responsibility for his crimes, including his attempted sale of President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

A defense memo asks sentencing Judge James Zagel to drastically reduce Blagojevich's sentence to about five years. It cites, among other things, his model behavior in prison.

Attorney Leonard Goodman says Blagojevich, who is a huge Elvis fan, formed a band with another inmate and have performed as "The Jailhouse Rockers" at times.

Goodman also says Blagojevich has been anything but a hound dog while serving time for corruption convictions, tutoring inmates studying for their GED, teaching history and providing job interview counseling for soon-to-be-released inmates.

The resentencing hearing is scheduled for August 9.  According to The Chicago Tribune, if the judge allows the 14-year sentence to stand, Blagojevich would have to serve 85 percent of it, meaning the earliest he could be eligible for release is early 2024.

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