28 Jun 2011

Ex-governor found guilty of trying to sell Senate seat

10:17 am on 28 June 2011

A former governor of the American state of Illinois has been found guilty of trying to sell the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

A federal court in Chicago has found Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 corruption charges, the BBC reports.

He was also found guilty of trying to extort funds from a hospital executive.

The Democrat was arrested in December 2008 and ejected from office the following month. He had already been found guilty of lying to investigators.

Blagojevich faces a sentence of up to 300 years in prison.