Blagojevich gets new date to report to prison

December 13, 2011

Susie An

(AP/file)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a new date to report to prison.

Blagojevich will have to report to prison by March 15th, instead of mid-February. His defense attorneys said in court Tuesday that the date is based on when the family can sell their home on Chicago's North Side.

"The Blagojevich's are hoping to sell the family home. They've lowered the price and Mr. Blagojevich wanted to assist the family in moving into the new house," said Sheldon Sorosky, Blagojevich's defense attorney.

Federal Judge James Zagel sentenced Blagojevich to 14 years in federal prison last week. The judge had told Blagojevich he would have to begin serving his time behind bars in February.

Blagojevich's attorneys also requested that the former governor serve his time at a low-security prison in Colorado. Judge Zagel said he would recommend that Blagojevich be sent to Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Littleton, Colorado, 15 miles southwest of Denver. 

Sorosky said he wasn't sure why Blagojevich chose that facility, but he says the family is not planning a move to Colorado.

It'll be up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to decide where Blagojevich will serve his sentence.

Jurors at two trials convicted Blagojevich on 18 corruption-related charges.