Libby Draws 30 Months, $250K Fine

Judge says VP's former right-hand man 'got off course'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2007 12:44 PM CDT
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, leaves federal court in Washington, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, after former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The vice president's ex-chief of staff will spend 30 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine for lying to federal investigators about his role in blowing a CIA agent's cover. Judge Reggie Walton cited "overwhelming evidence" of Scooter Libby's guilt in sentencing him today on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements.

Libby is the only administration official charged in the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. The defense argued for leniency based on Libby's years of public service, but the prosecution cited the "house of mirrors he created" in impeding the investigation. Walton will rule next week on whether Libby may go free pending appeals.