After crime, punishment awaits ex-Gov. Blagojevich

December 6, 2011 - 3:10 AM
Blagojevich Sentencing

FILE - In this July 26, 2010 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, and his wife Patti, right, arrive at the federal courthouse with their daughters Annie, front holding Patti's hand, and Amy, in Chicago during his first trial on corruption charges. Convicted on multiple counts of corruption, Blagojevich is scheduled for his sentencing hearing beginning Tuesday, Dec,. 6, 2011, at federal court in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich's days of reckoning have arrived.

A federal judge convenes a two-day sentencing hearing Tuesday for the disgraced former Illinois governor on 18 corruption counts. They include trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

The impeached state executive-turned-reality TV star has good reason to feel anxious. He faces the prospect of 10 or more years behind bars.

If Judge James Zagel gives him more than a decade, it would make it one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a long history of crooked politics.

Prosecutors want a 15-to-20-year sentence. The defense is asking for no more than a few years.

Most courtroom arguments should finish Tuesday. But Zagel says he'll pronounce the sentence Wednesday.