CHARLESTON, W.VA., JULY 10 -- Former governor Arch A. Moore Jr. was sentenced today to five years and 10 months in prison for mail fraud, extortion, filing false income taxes and obstruction of justice.
U.S. District Judge Walter Hoffman also fined Moore $170,000.
The three-term Republican governor had faced up to 36 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines for crimes involving his 1984 campaign and his 1985-89 term in office.
Hoffman sentenced Moore to concurrent terms of five years for extortion, six months for mail fraud and two years on each of two tax fraud counts.
Moore received an additional 10 months for obstruction of justice in blocking a federal grand jury investigation into corruption in his administration.
The longest-serving governor in West Virginia history was ordered to report to a federal prison in Petersburg, Va., on July 31.
Hoffman held a hearing before the sentencing to review disputed facts regarding Moore's May 8 guilty pleas, which the judge on Monday refused to let the former governor withdraw.
Moore, 67, claimed he was pressured by federal prosecutors who gave him only 24 hours to consider a plea bargain. Hoffman said Moore failed to provide new information to justify any change.
Hoffman today also said he saw no proof for prosecutors' contentions that Moore failed to cooperate in an ongoing two-year investigation into public corruption.
The U.S. attorney's office told Hoffman that Moore failed to accept responsibility for the crimes.
"He can't suck it up and say, 'I did it,'" Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Savage said. "If there is one thing missing from that man, it's remorse."