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Last updated 2:56AM ET
February 26, 2021
Sentencing Guidelines Set for Siegelman and Scrushy
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A federal judge has set sentencing guidelines for former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy that could send both men to prison for 10 years. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller issued his findings on a sentence range for the defendants, who were convicted on bribery and other federal charges. Judge Fuller ruled the range of punishment for Siegelman was from 121 months to 151 months, with a fine range from $17,500 to $175,000. Scrushy sentencing range was from 97 months to 121 months and the fine range from $15,000 to $150,000. Fuller says his ruling was influenced by a determination that both Siegelman and Scrushy had failed to take responsibility for their crimes. Fuller does have leeway to give final sentences that are harsher or more lenient. Scrushy and Siegelman say they are optimistic the judge would show leniency despite the guidelines. Defense attorneys are requesting that Fuller order probation for the men.
Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted last year on federal bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud charges that accused Siegelman of appointing Scrushy to a hospital regulatory board in exchange for $500,000 in contributions to the governor's 1999 campaign for a state education lottery. Siegelman and Scrushy contend there was no quid-pro-quo or personal benefit and no crime committed. Siegelman also was convicted of obstruction of justice for trying to cover up $9,200 given to him by a lobbyist to help purchase a motorcycle. He says the gift it was a legitimate transaction. No word yet on when a final sentence might be announced.

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