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Tom DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison

The day's big non-Arizona political news, per the AP:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- U.S. judge sentences ex-House Majority Leader DeLay to 3 years in prison in money laundering scheme.

*** UPDATE *** Another write-through from the AP:

A judge ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison Monday for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates
in 2002.

The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives.

Senior Judge Pat Priest sentenced him to the three-year term on the conspiracy charge. He also sentenced him to five years in prison on the money laundering charge but allowed DeLay to accept 10 years of probation instead of more prison time.