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Ex-Chicago alderman gets more prison time for corruption

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  • Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaks with reporters at the federal building in Chicago on Friday after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption

      Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaks with reporters at the federal building in Chicago on Friday after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption
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A federal judge has added 30 months to the time a former Chicago alderman will spend in prison for corruption.

Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks. The conviction Medrano was sentenced for Monday involved him paying a bribe to hide an illegal deal to win Los Angeles County medical contracts.

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In sentencing the 60-year-old Medrano, U.S. District Judge John Tharp said the politician had pulled off an "unprecedented ... corruption trifecta."

Tharp rejected arguments by Medrano's defense attorney that the extra time would be like a "death sentence."

Medrano once boasted he wanted to be a "pig" who feasted on government contracts. He apologized Monday to the court, his family and the community he once represented.

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