Former mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison

BY Colleen Shalby  July 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM EST
Mayor Ray Nagin speaks about Hurricane Rita evacuation plans at a press conference in New Orleans in Sept 2005. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Mayor Ray Nagin speaks about Hurricane Rita evacuation plans at a press conference in New Orleans in Sept 2005. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

In February, Nagin was found guilty of 21 counts of corruption for accepting thousand of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, and for conspiring to withhold money. He initially faced 20 years of prison for those charges.

Nagin was mayor of New Orleans for two terms between 2002 and 2010. During that time, he became the face of the Big Easy when Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005.