Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan also ordered Nagin to pay $84,000 in restitution. "What Ray Nagin did was sell his office over and over again," lead prosecutor Matt Coman said after the sentencing. "The damage that C. Ray Nagin inflicted on this community ... is incalculable." He will report to a minimum security prison in September.
Nagin, 58, was convicted on Feb. 12 of accepting more than $500,000 worth of bribes and free trips from contractors in exchange for helping them clinch millions of dollars in city work when he was mayor of New Orleans, both pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina. He was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts in the indictment. Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor for two terms from 2002 to 2010, denied he took any bribes.
— Elizabeth Chuck
First published July 9 2014, 8:17 AM