Tom Delay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Tom Delay Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tom Delay (C) arrives in the 250th district court of Judge Pat Priest at the Travis County Courthouse on January 10, 2011 in Austin, Texas.  Delay's sentencing loomed through the holidays after an arduous trial where the former Houston-area congressman was convicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

(January 9, 2011 - Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images North America)

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for his recent conviction of conspiring to commit political money laundering.  He was also sentenced to 5 years for a money laundering conviction but that was probated to 10 years of community supervision.  He will be released on bail while he awaits appeal.

“I don’t feel remorseful for something I don’t think I did,” DeLay told the judge.

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE:

AUSTIN – Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay today was sentenced to three years in prison for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to commit political money laundering. He also was sentenced to five years in prison on a money laundering conviction, but the judge probated that to 10 years of community supervision.

DeLay was taken into custody by Travis County deputies, but will be released on $10,000 bail pending appeal.

DeLay pleaded for himself before visiting District Judge Pat Priest.

“I don’t feel remorseful for something I don’t think I did,” DeLay told the judge.

Prosecutors urged Priest to sentence DeLay to prison immediately. But defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said the case destroyed DeLay’s political career and life and that was punishment enough.

DeGuerin promised to appeal DeLay’s conviction.

THE STATESMAN:   Judge Pat Priest sentenced Tom DeLay to three years in prison.

The three-year sentence was on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections.

On the charge of money laundering, DeLay was sentenced to five years in prison, but that was probated for 10 years. That means he would serve 10 years’ probation.

“This will not stand,” said his attorney, Dick DeGuerin.

DeLay was taken into custody but he was expected to be released as soon as he posted an appeals bond.

The judge then ordered the courtroom cleared except for the lawyers.

Prior to the sentence, DeLay spoke to the court.

He was unrepentant.

“I fought the fight. I ran the race. I kept the faith,” DeLay said.

Judge Priest said he agreed with the jury’s guilty verdict, returned in November, and would have instructed a different verdict if he did not believe DeLay conspired to break the law.

He said there is no higher principle than that those who write the laws should follow the law.

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  1. January 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    “He said there is no higher principle than that those who write the laws should follow the law.”

    Well then, your Honor, how about taking the kid gloves off and making an example of this bastard? Reducing 5 years of jail time to 10 years of probation? I am sure he learned his lesson.

    • January 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

      Great point Fleeceme. I am looking forward to seeing how this case is finally resolved once it reaches that point upon appeal. If the final ruling is guilty, I would be more than inclined to believe three years is rather lenient bordering on pathetic.

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