ALEXANDRIA, VA. (AP) - A former congressman convicted nearly a decade ago on bribery charges after he was famously caught with $90,000 cash stashed in his freezer has seen his sentence reduced to time served.
The resentencing hearing Friday in federal court for William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat, reduces his sentence from 13 years to five.
The reduced sentence came on the joint recommendation of prosecutors and defense attorneys in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling that makes it more difficult to convict public officials on bribery charges. Jefferson was freed from prison last month after the judge tossed out seven of 10 conviction counts against him.
The 70-year-old Jefferson said after the hearing he's grateful to his lawyers, family and friends for their support and that he wants to be active in the community.
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