NEW YORK (AP) — Elderly Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday for his role in corrupting the U.N. oil-for-food program, through which he landed contracts by giving Iraqi officials illegal payments.

Wyatt, 83, cried as he addressed the court, saying he "would never do anything to hurt my country."

Moments later, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin imposed a sentence below the year and a half to two years in prison to which Wyatt had agreed when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month. Wyatt also agreed to forfeit $11 million.