Former New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, was sentenced on Wednesday to ten years in Federal Prison for bribery, money laundering, and corruption that occurred during his two terms as mayor from 2002-2010. He is most well remembered from the chaotic years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Nagin was convicted in February for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted city work contracts or Nagin’s support of various projects. Bribes came in the form of money, free vacations, and truckloads of free granite for his family’s business.
Judge Helen Berrigan spoke of the seriousness of the crime, however noted that she decided to stray from the federal sentencing guidelines which the prosecution was pushing for, which would have suggested up to a 20 year sentence for Nagin.
Nagin is ordered to report to the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana on September 8th.