A federal judge has handed down a 10-month prison term to former Chicago alderman Edward Vrdolyak in his re-sentencing for a $1.5 million real estate kickback scheme.
At Friday’s hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly also imposed a $260,000 fine on Vrdolyak, who early made a minute-long apology to the judge for what he had done. He told Kennelly, “It was dumb. It was stupid. I was wrong.”
The judge heard an hour-and-a-half of arguments from the prosecution and defense before imposing the sentence.
The government wanted a 3 1/2 year sentence, while the defense said a sentence shouldn’t include prison time. Vrdolyak originally was sentenced to five years of probation. But an appeals court compared that to a slap on the wrist and ordered the re-sentencing.
Originally reported by Chicago Public Radio. Read the original article here.