Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is going back to prison.
Federal judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman on Friday to 6 and a half years for his conviction on bribery and other charges. Earlier in court, Siegelman apologized for his actions.
Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
The 66-year-old former governor was originally sentenced to more than seven years in prison, so this would be less. He also will be on probation for two years.
He served about nine months before being released pending his appeals.
Scrushy recently finished his five-year sentence.
A Democrat, Siegelman served one term as governor from 1999 to 2003.
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