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This Morning we have learned that Former Governor Don Siegelman and ousted HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy are currently being held at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta.
The two will be held in Atlanta until the Bureau of Prisons processes them and decides on a permmenant location.
Also this morning, Attorneys for Richard Scrushy have filed a motion for an Appeal Bond which would allow him to be free pending an the Appelate process.
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were sentenced to federal prison Thursday night and taken into custody immediately. The judge denied defense pleas to let them remain free on appeal.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman to more than seven years in federal prison for bribery and obstruction of justice in a government corruption case.
Scrushy was sentenced moments later to six years and 10 months.
The two once-prominent figures in politics and business were escorted out of the courtroom by U.S. marshals and not allowed to talk to family members.
Scrushy's family cried quietly in the courtroom. Siegelman's wife -- Lori -- left immediately.
Siegelman was fined $50,00 due immediately and ordered to pay more than $181,000 dollars to a state agency where prosecutors said kickbacks were made in addition to his sentence of seven years, four months.
Before issuing his sentence, Fuller said the good Siegelman has done far exceeded the bad, but he had to impose "a fair punishment to reassure all that come before this court that justice is blind."
Scrushy was fined $150,000 due immediately and ordered to pay restitution of $267,000 to be paid to United way of Central Alabama.
Both are to be on supervised release for 3 years when their terms end and to perform 500 hours of community service when their sentences are completed.
Siegelman and Scrushy both have promised appeals.
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