Jefferson put on ice for 13 years

For turning his public office into a criminal enterprise, former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana — known as “Dollar Bill” in New Orleans — has drawn a 13-year prison sentence, the longest corruption sentence for any former member of Congress. Prosecutors had hoped for a 27-year sentence. Jefferson, who at one point famously stashed $90,000 in cash in his freezer — had been convicted this summer on 11 federal corruption counts.

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