Abramoff Gets Five Years, 10 Months

Which will probably be whittled and whittled away to a slap on the wrist. I'm still kinda flabbergasted... actual jail time? Wowzers.
MIAMI - Once high-flying lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in prison for fraud in the 2000 purchase of a fleet of gambling boats, but he will remain free for at least three months to assist in a corruption investigation involving Congress and the Bush administration.

U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck imposed identical sentences of five years and 10 months on Abramoff and Adam Kidan, his former partner in the ill-fated purchase of SunCruz Casinos in 2000. It was the minimum sentence recommended under federal guidelines.

Huck agreed to postpone prison reporting dates for both men to allow them to continue cooperating in an investigation of the broad Washington corruption scandal and also a probe into the 2001 killing in Fort Lauderdale of former SunCruz owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Both deny having any role in the death.

The minimum sentence. Gee, what a shock.

(Tip 'o the Energy Dome to Talk Left.)

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