Country singer Johnny Paycheck was taken to jail after a judge confirmed his 7-to-91/2-year sentence for a 1985 tavern shooting, despite the singer's plea for mercy. Paycheck, 50, best known for his 1978 hit "Take This Job and Shove It," said he needs to give concerts to earn money for his wife's cancer treatment. He said they don't have health insurance. "If I'm taken away, my wife will be dead in six months," Paycheck told Highland County (Ohio) Common Pleas Judge Darrell Hottle on Monday. But after hearing testimony from Paycheck and four character witnesses, Hottle gave Paycheck the same term he ordered in 1986. The 4th Ohio District Court of Appeals had ordered the resentencing hearing to allow Paycheck to present testimony that could have led to a shorter sentence.