Bill Allen apologizes to Alaska
Bill Allen spoke for more than 12 minutes at his sentencing today. Here is an excerpt, where he talks about when the FBI first approached him on Aug. 30, 2006. He talks about doing wrong, about drinking too much, about how he hasn't had a drink since that day. He apologized to the judge and everyone in Alaska.
Bill Allen entire speech to the court
Right before he was sentenced, Billl Allen addressed the court. He talks about coming to Alaska in the 60s, why he became involved in politics, his purchase of the Anchorage Times as a way to get the pro-oil message to the community, and what he thought about Gov. Murkowski. Allen also apologized to the state of Alaska and admitted he no longer drinks alcohol.
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick on the factors of Allen's sentence
U.S. District Judge John Sedwick says corruption in the political process threatens democracy, and references Allen's involvement in a political contribution scheme in the early 1980s. He goes on to say Allen is an individual who has commendable attributes and has done a lot of good in the community.
Bill Allen sentenced
Judge Sedwick hands down the three year sentence, discusses the severity of even minimum security prison, and admits that if he were able to impose a larger fine than the maximum $750,000, he would have.