BREAKING: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday.

Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds committed while in office. But he is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

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[LIVE coverage from inside the federal courthouse]

nagin-courtNagin is expected to report to prison in coming weeks.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence before a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges. Nagin’s wife, Seletha Nagin, joined him for sentencing, as she did every day during the two-week trial.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Nagin was facing 20 or more years in prison, court records indicated.

“I do intend to downward depart from these guidelines,” Berrigan said after taking the bench.

Prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office called him a mayor “on the take.” He sold his office, they told the jury, for personal gain, which included lavish trips, cash and granite for his sons countertop business, Stone Age LLC.

Follow live coverage from inside the federal courthouse.

 Developing…..NOLA.com

Reporting by Mark Waller and Andy Grimm of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.


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