Former New York-based Anthony Weiner was sentenced Tuesday to serve 21 months in jail. He was convicted of sending sexually explicit material to a 15-year-old girl over his phone.
No Privileged Justice for Anthony Weiner
The prosecution had asked for 21-27 months in prison for the 53-year-old Democrat. He sat crying while the definitive sentence was read out. He was hoping to get probation or house arrest at the most.
Weiner, who also sought the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York in 2013, pleaded guilty last May to a felony charge of sending obscene material to a minor, hours after he turned himself into the New York offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
When he was brought before a judge at that time, Weiner, who served in Congress between 1999 and 2011, when he was forced to resign, admitted that he had suffered “destructive impulses.” “I have an illness, but I have no excuse,” he acknowledged. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release once he leaves prison, according to the prosecution.
Anthony Weiner was Facing Family Issues
The ex-congressman is going through a divorce with soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin, with whom he has a son and who was Hillary Clinton’s closest aide.
He left his seat after another scandal. It became public that he was sexting and exchanging pictures with several other women. That behavior put an end to his aspirations to be Mayor of New York.