WASHINGTON - Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for a corruption scandal that shook up Washington's power elite and contributed to the Republican loss of control in Congress.
Judge Ellen Huvelle issued the sentence on conspiracy and other charges after federal prosecutors recommended leniency due to Abramoff's cooperation in pursuing corruption cases against lawmakers and former administration officials. He faced a maximum of 11 years under a plea deal reached in 2006.
With Abramoff's help, the Justice Department has won corruption convictions against a parade of lawmakers, Bush administration figures and Capitol Hill aides. Abramoff admitted trading luxury golf junkets, expensive meals, skybox tickets and other gifts for political favors. The scandal shook Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Capitol Hill.
Abramoff apologized to the court and said he was a changed man.