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Former US Legislator Given Eight-Year Prison Term for Taking Bribes


A former U.S. Congressman has been sentenced to a long prison term for taking more than $2 million in bribes to help defense firms win government contracts.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican, resigned from Congress in November after pleading guilty to bribery and tax evasion.

A judge in California Friday sentenced him to eight years and four months in prison. The judge also ordered him to pay $1.8-million in restitution for back taxes.

Prosecutors said he deserved the maximum 10 years for abusing the public trust. But his lawyers called for a lighter sentence, citing his decorated military service during the Vietnam War.

Cunningham accepted $2.4 million in bribes that included cash and luxury goods.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.