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King of clout gets sentenced

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 06:12:03 CDT
By: AP


Convicted Springfield businessman William Cellini says he's taken responsibility for his actions. A federal judge sentenced the 77-year-old once known as the "King of Clout" to a year and a day in prison.
He was convicted last year for his role in trying to get a $1.5 million campaign contribution for imprisoned ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich from an Oscar-winning producer in exchange for state business. Cellini made a rare public statement in court yesterday. Despite his reputation and high level contacts, he's largely stayed out of the public eye. He thanked friends and family and took responsibility for his actions. He also urged the judge to give him probation saying he didn't think he has long to live. Cellini says he's suffering from numerous health problems.

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