Latest Abramoff casualty sentenced to 30 months in prison

Ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) was sentenced to 30 months in prison Friday, three months longer than the government recommendation, for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

Ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) was sentenced to 30 months in prison Friday, three months longer than the government recommendation, for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the sentence was intended to reflect the gravity of the crimes and violation of the public trust.

"Constituents and the public trusted to you represent them," she said, adding that Ney "seriously abused" his position. Huvelle agreed to allow Ney to continue to seek treatment for alcohol addiction while he is incarcerated in Morgantown, W.Va.

Prior to hearing his sentence Ney, dressed in a gray suit and blue-and-yellow-striped tie, apologized to his constituents and his family for abusing his position as a member of Congress.

"I stand here sorrowful … I will no longer be able to serve the public," Ney said. "I hope and pray that with time our family will recover."

Huvelle also imposed a $6,000 fine on Ney to be paid over his two-year probationary period.

A request by Ney's lawyer, Mark H. Tuohey, to extend the time period due to Ney's precarious financial situation was denied by Huvelle.
Ney pleaded guilty to charges on conspiracy and bribery in October and resigned from Congress in November.

Gifts that Ney received ranged from a trip to Scotland to thousands of dollars in gambling chips.