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Calderon Sentenced To 3.5 Years In Prison For Mail Fraud And Bribery

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, sits at his desk during the first Senate session of the new year at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 6 2014.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

It was the bribery scandal that shook the California state Capitol a few years back...

An Al-Jazeera America report in 2013 accused Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon of accepting cash and jobs for a son and daughter. He eventually pled guilty to mail fraud and admitted taking bribes.

Now, there's some closure to this story. Today, a judge sentenced Calderon to three-and-a-half years in prison. His lawyer had been seeking house arrest ... while federal prosecutors asked for a five-year sentence.

Calderon's brother Tom, a former assemblyman and political consultant, has already been sentenced to 10 months for laundering bribe money.

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