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  // Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:03 //

Former Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan on Wednesday, completing a roller-coaster political and personal story that began with his meteoric ascent to the city’s highest office a dozen years ago and bottomed out with his conviction in February on 20 counts of bribery and wire fraud.

The sentence was much more lenient than the 15- to 20-year term called for in federal guidelines.

Nagin steered New Orleans’ uncertain course after the disastrous levee breaches in the wake of Hurricane Katrina resulted in the flooding of more than 80 percent of the city in 2005.

While the crucible of the storm’s aftermath would test any politician, Nagin’s laissez-faire leadership style came under heavy fire, and he left office in May 2010 with abysmally low approval ratings.

Now, he is the first New Orleans mayor to face time in prison for corruption.

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