Blagojevich Guilty Verdict on Only One Count: Lying to the FBI, Maximum Penalty 5 Years


Jurors convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich of lying to the FBI, which is the only count against him of 24 counts considered. The federal jury was deadlocked on the other 23 counts against Blagojevich, and was also deadlocked on all four counts against his brother Robert Blagojevich.

The verdict was announced shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after 14 days of deliberation.

Maximum Sentence …
The maximum penalty for bribery conspiracy and false statements is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. [FOR INFORMATION ONLY: A conviction of lying to the FBI associated with terrorism carries an additional three(3) years for a total of eight(8) years.]

Blagojevich, 53, had pleaded not guilty to racketeering, mail fraud, attempted extortion and bribery charges, and charges that he tried to sell or trade the Senate seat appointment for a Cabinet post, private job or campaign cash, and tried to leverage the power of his office for personal gain. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at