Former Illinois Governor Begins Prison Term
Rod Blagojevich, 55, began serving his 14-year prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado. The Chicago RCFL provided digital forensics expertise to prosecutors for the ex-governor's two trials. He was convicted on 18 of 20 charges during his second trial on public corruption charges which began on April 20, 2011. Blagojevich attempted to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat — the jury found him guilty on all related charges.
Blagojevich is the second Illinois governor convicted of public corruption charges. The Chicago RCFL also provided digital forensics expertise to prosecutors in George Ryan's 2006 trial, who is currently serving a 6.5 year prison term. Blagojevich joins another infamous inmate at the Colorado prison — Jeffrey Skilling — the former Enron executive who is serving a 24-year federal prison term. The Greater Houston RCFL supported the multi-year investigation and prosecution which is considered one of the largest securities fraud scandals in history.
Under federal rules, Blagojevich must serve at least 85 percent of his term before becoming eligible for release. This means he must spend 12 years in the minimum security facility, and will be 67-years old before possibly being free again.