Live Blog: Former N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 120 months

Published: Jul. 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM CDT
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin walks to federal court during his corruption trial. (AP Photo)
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin walks to federal court during his corruption trial. (AP Photo)


Nagin arrived at court shortly before 9 a.m. He said nothing as he entered the building.

There were large crowds outside the courtroom ahead of sentencing, though court itself wouldn't open until 9:30.

By 9:37 a.m. the courtroom was full. Friends and family in first two rows, media in next two. U.S. Marshals warn again against any recording or broadcasting within court.

Nagin attorney Robert Jenkins entered court at 9:45. Prosecutor Matt Coman in as well. Nagin family is being allowed to sit in lawyers' area near the jury box. Several FBI agents were also in the courtroom.

Only about 15 people in the overflow room, so crowd may be smaller than expected.

Nagin entered the courtroom with his wife, Seletha at 9:51. All business.

Judge Ginger Berrigan entered the court in street clothes - no robe. She was shaking hands and visited with Nagin family quickly. Court not in session yet.

Sentencing began at 9:57. Judge Berrigan said there was no legal justification to delay,and sentencing will move forward.

The defense has objected to some aspects of pre-sentence report.

Judge said Nagin was not the leader of conspiracy. Judge said bribery scheme was a simple one and continues detailing her basis for the sentence.

Berrigan asks if there's anything Ray Nagin would like to say before sentencing. Nagin thanks judge for her professionalism, stands by his defense.

Prosecutors ask for a "significant sentence" for Ray Nagin today.

Berrigan: Guidelines call for a sentence of 15 to 20 years but should be individualized. The seriousness of Nagin's offense cannot be overstated, she says. Nowhere more harmful than New Orleans, where the perception is that the city is a den of corruption.

Berrigan: Court is convinced that Nagin can never regain public trust.

Judge says she will go below guidelines. Nagin says he stands by memoranda at trial. And thanks judge.

Berrigan: Sentence imposed should reflect Nagin was trying to impress family and friends - not acting solely out of greed.

Judge Berrigan says Nagin has shown he's a devoted son and father, exhibited positive influence on business sector before becoming mayor.

Refresh this story for the latest on the former mayor's sentencing.

SENTENCE: 120 months in jail. No fine, but he must pay restitution of $84,000.

FOX 8 Legal Analyst Joe Raspanti says the sentence translates into a net of about 8.5 years.

It is suggested he serve his time in Oakdale, allowing for easier visitation by family. This suggestion does not have to be followed.

Prosecutor Coman objects to sentence. At sidebar. Jazz music now fills the room to cover sound from Judge Lawyer private talks.

Nagin must turn himself in by 12 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Nagin hugging friends and family at 10:22 a.m. Now walking out of courtroom.

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