Here are reports from WWLTV:
"I accept full responsibility. I apologize to the people of Jefferson Parish. I brought dishonor to my position," Broussard said before his sentence was pronounced. "I will pay for my dishonor the rest of my life."
Broussard was ordered to forfeit $280,000 as part of the sentence, which must be be paid in monthly installments of at least $500.
"I am at peace,â€ť Broussard told reporters as he entered the federal courthouse. â€śI thank the people of Jefferson Parish for their prayers." He added that he was anxious U.S. District Court Judge Hayden Head words at the sentencing hearing.
While Broussard was initially expected to face between five and seven years, Head handed down a lighter sentence, noting that he did not reach the same conclusion as what was presented and that guideline calculations were a little high in some regards. Head said prosecutors may have double counted Broussard's bribes.
In September 2012, Broussard pleaded guilty to two of the 27 criminal charges he originally faced, including conspiracy to commit bribery and theft concerning a program receiving federal funds.
Co-defendants, Broussardâ€™s ex-wife Karen Parker and former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, were sentenced as well for their roles in the payroll scheme.
Broussard also must repay $280,000.
Broussard made national news during Hurricane Katrina when he appeared on Meet The Press and began crying when questioned by Tim Russert.
Broussard has been part of a wide-net probe of New Orleans-area related public officials many who have pled guilty or who have been found guilty in the past six years. Ex-New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has recently pled not guilty to federal charges. Nagin, like Broussard, were highly-recognizable figures nationally post- Hurricane Katrina. The federal charges, however, are unrelated.
TALK ABOUT THE SENTENCING BELOW..WAS IT TOO HARSH? NOT HARSH ENOUGH/
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