Former Lawmaker Gets 8+ Years for Bribery

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    By SETH HETTENA, Associated Press Writer Sat Mar 4, 3:19 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO - Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham began his first day in prison after being sentenced to eight years and four months for taking $2.4 million in homes, yachts and other bribes in a corruption scheme unmatched in the annals of Congress.

    Cunningham's sentence Friday was described by attorneys for both sides as the longest prison sentence ever given to a member of Congress. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns spared him the 10-year maximum after the defense asked for six years.

    "Your honor I have ripped my life to shreds due to my actions, my actions that I did to myself," Cunningham said before the sentence was announced. He also asked to see his 91-year-old mother before going to prison.

    Cunningham, 64, who resigned in disgrace late last year, was immediately taken into custody.

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