Blagojevich sentencing still not scheduled

June 28, 2011

(WBEZ/Bill Healy)
Rod Blagojevich outside Dirksen federal court building in Chicago on Monday.

The corruption re-trial is over, and now former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich awaits his sentencing. Blagojevich was found guilty Monday of 17 of the 20 counts charged against him. With all the counts added up, Blagojevich could face as much as 300 years in prison.

Attorney Joel Bertocchi is a former federal prosecutor. He says it's highly unlikely Blagojevich would face that severe of a sentence, but he says the fact that the ex-governor didn't accept responsibility for the charges won't help either.

"Mr. Blagojevich, I think, may present an unusual case. Not only did he go to trial, but he made an awful lot of public noise about not accepting responsibility for the charges that the government leveled against him," Bertocchi said.

Bertocchi says 6 to 11 years could be closer to what the judge may be considering. It's uncertain when Blagojevich will be sentenced.