Blagojevich ex-chief of staff gets 10-day sentence

March 28, 2012 - 4:35 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced Rod Blagojevich's former chief of staff to 10 days in prison for helping his old boss attempt to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

John Harris' sentencing came Wednesday at federal court in Chicago — two weeks after the former Illinois governor reported to a Colorado prison to begin serving a 14-year prison term on related charges.

Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in a 2010 plea agreement. He faced up to five years.

Blagojevich fought the charges against him in the media and courts until his imprisonment.

The 50-year-old Harris began cooperating just days after both men were arrested at their homes on Dec. 9, 2008. His cooperation included testifying against Blagojevich.

The same U.S. district judge, James Zagel, sentenced both men.