ANCHORAGE, Alaska Former Alaska state Rep. Tom Anderson was sentenced Monday to five years in prison following his conviction on federal corruption charges.
Anderson, a two-term Republican from Anchorage who chose not to run for re-election in 2006, was convicted July 9 of seven federal counts of conspiracy and bribery.
Anderson was convicted of taking $12,828 he thought was coming from a private prison firm, Cornell Industries, Inc. The money was supplied by the FBI through an informant under contract to Cornell who secretly recorded his conversations with Anderson. Cornell Industries was not aware of the investigation.
Anderson didn't comment after the sentence was announced, and spent much time hugging family and friends who lined the gallery.
Anderson's lawyer, Paul Stockler, had asked for a sentence of no more than two years, nine months. Prosecutors sought a sentence of eight years and one month more than recommended by the federal probation office in its pre-sentencing report.
Anderson is married to state Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, whom prosecutors have said knew nothing of Anderson's conspiracy.
Anderson was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and interfering with commerce, a charge connected to a demand for payments.
He was the first of four former Alaska lawmakers arrested on federal corruption charges. Former House Speaker Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, was convicted last month of conspiracy to solicit financial benefits, extortion and bribery last month.
Former Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, is scheduled to go on trial on corruption charges next week.
The corruption trial of former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, has been delayed. Federal prosecutors are appealing a decision on the case that said they could not claim that Weyhrauch were required to disclose to fellow legislators or the public that he was seeking employment from VECO.