THEN-ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH WAVES TO THE MEDIA AFTER A NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO IN THIS DECEMBER 19, 2008 FILE PHOTO.
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A Chicago jury came down hard on Rod Blagojevich Monday, finding the disgraced ex-governor guilty on 17 corruption charges, including accusations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
The jury deliberated for nine days before finding Blagojevich guilty on charges of wire fraud, extortion and bribery. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 300 years in prison.
"I frankly am stunned," Blagojevich told reporters as he left court.
The two-term democrat was booted from office in 2009 after he was caught on FBI wiretaps trying to sell the "f---ing golden" appointment to the senate seat left empty by Barack Obama's election.
He is the second straight Illinois governor convicted of federal charges. His predecessor, Republican George Ryan was convicted of bribery, extortion, racketeering and several other corruption charges in 2006 and is now in federal prison.