Former GOP Governor Gets 6 1/2 Years on Corruption Charges

Former Illinois Republican Governor George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career.

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Ryan sentenced in graft case

Belleville News-Democrat

09/06/06

Former Gov. George Ryan, who gained international fame as a critic of the death penalty, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for steering big-money state contracts to political insiders, using tax dollars for his campaign and covering up corruption. ... Ryan was convicted April 18 of racketeering, mail fraud, tax fraud, filing false tax returns and lying to FBI agents. Convicted along with him was businessman Larry Warner, who was sentenced to just under 3 1/2 years. The sentencing capped an eight-year federal investigation of drivers license selling and other corruption in state government in the Ryan era that has seen 79 individuals charged and 75 convicted...

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/15454688.htm


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