Ray Nagin, 58, got slapped with 10 years behind bars in a federal prison on Wednesday for a slew of transgressions he perpetrated while serving as mayor of New Orleans.
Nagin was convicted five months ago on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges, and will likely serve out his sentence at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana, The Times-Picayune reported.
A former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, billionaire business magnate Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun control organization, Nagin served as mayor during Hurricane Katrina, presiding over the city’s controversial decision to go door to door and confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens.
Upon delivering the sentence to the two-term mayor, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan spoke about what went into deciding the man’s fate.
“I must impose a sentence that I feel is sufficient but not greater than necessary,” she said, adding “the seriousness of Mr. Nagin’s offenses can hardly be overstated.”
Some have argued that Nagin got off easy with the 10-year sentence as he was facing 20 or more years behind bars.
Though, from Nagin’s perspective, it appears that’s more time in an orange jumpsuit than what he expected.
“Well, you know, all of this is pretty surreal to me,” he told WDSU. “I still maintain my innocence. We’re going to appeal this thing and, you know, it’s just something that’s very difficult.”
Asked about how things went south so fast, Nagin said, “Well, in my opinion, I’ve been targeted, smeared, tarnished and for some reason some of the stances that I took after Katrina didn’t sit well with some very powerful people. So now I’m paying the price for that.”