Blagojevich's wife 'speechless' that officer's sentence less than half of husband's

Blagojevich's wife 'speechless' that officer's sentence less than half of husband's
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The wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) said Friday that she was "speechless" when she heard that the ex-Chicago police officer convicted of murdering Laquan McDonald was sentenced to less time in prison than her husband is serving for corruption charges.

Patti Blagojevich, who has in the past appeared on Fox News to petition President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE for clemency in her husband's case, tagged the president in a tweet Friday apparently seeking to gain his attention in the case.

“I am speechless,” she wrote on Twitter. “A 17 year old is dead and the sentence is less than half of my husbands sentence for discussions with his staff and attorney about political fundraising.”

Her tweet came hours after former police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and nine months in prison for McDonald's murder. Three other officers charged with conspiracy to cover up the murder were acquitted of those charges on Thursday.


Trump previously indicated to reporters during a conversation on Air Force One that he was open to intervening and granting clemency to the former governor. Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D) has also called for Blagojevich's sentence to be shortened.

“I think that the sentence imposed on Rod Blagojevich was definitely way too long. Fourteen years, it didn’t make sense,” Durbin told reporters last year.

“And so I’m not commenting on whether he was culpable or guilty. That was decided by the courts, but I thought the sentence was outrageous, and if there’s a way to reduce the sentence for him and his family, I would support it,” Durbin added at the time.