Former Mayor Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years


The man who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina will now spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. A judge sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin today.

He was found guilty last February for accepting bribes, free trips and other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

He appeared to be a champion for New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but many in the city grew frustrated when rebuilding stalled. It was during that time many of the kickback schemes are said to have taken place.

Nagin was sentenced by Federal District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who practiced law in Alexandria before ascending to the bench.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14