U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said Jefferson's conduct was "a cancer on the body politic."
Jefferson, a Democrat, was convicted on 11 counts related to a scheme in which he used influence to win contracts for businesses in Africa, while accepting millions of dollars in payments and stock to family-owned businesses. During a raid, the FBI famously found $90,000 in his freezer.
You can see a slideshow of the freezer-cash episode here.