THIS JUST IN: Tom Delay Senteced To 3 Years In Jail

http://images.chron.com/blogs/whitehouse/archives/tom-delay-mugshot.jpgLOS ANGELES TIMES: Tom DeLay, the once powerful Texas Republican congressman found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. The former Republican House majority leader, dubbed “The Hammer” for his take-no-prisoners style, was convicted in November of conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature. The prison sentence applies to the conspiracy count. DeLay did not receive prison time for the money laundering count. He was given 10 years probation, and faces a five-year prison sentence if he violates that probation. DeLay will remain free on bond pending his appeal. MORE

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