Rod Blagojevich's Year In Prison: Wife Says Moments 'Stolen' From Children

By Kyla Gardner on March 15, 2013 1:39pm 

 Former governor Rod Blagojevich and wife Patti outside his home March, 14 2012. Blagojevich reported to federal prison the next day.
Former governor Rod Blagojevich and wife Patti outside his home March, 14 2012. Blagojevich reported to federal prison the next day.
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CHICAGO — It's been a year since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered federal prison in Colorado on a corruption conviction, and his wife, Patti, said his incarceration is taking its toll on their family.

"I cannot call it the one year anniversary as the word anniversary implies celebration," Patti wrote on Facebook Friday. "... All that we have been left with is a aching hole in our lives."

Her husband left a hole in the governor's office when he was impeached in 2009 for attempting to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He was convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Patti Blagojevich wrote the year has passed quickly, but that family moments "have been stolen from my children and there is no getting them back."

In prison, her husband is teaching a class on the Civil War, learning to play guitar and keeping up with his signature jogging hobby, she said.

"But what really gets him through is our visits and the faith that in the end this tremendous injustice will be righted" she wrote. "Our attorneys are working diligently on the appeal."

She said there won't be answers "for at least six months" regarding her husband's appeal, but "good things are worth waiting for."

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