Montgomery, Ala. • Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says he never expected his four-decade career in public service to end in a federal courtroom.
It did Friday when a federal judge in Montgomery sentenced him to more than six years in prison for bribery and other convictions.
The 66-year-old former governor and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman’s campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin says the sentence is a “welcomed step toward closer to a dark chapter in Alabama politics.”
But the case may not be over. Siegelman said he’s made no decision about whether to appeal his sentence.