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Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Television pitchman Kevin Trudeau, of Oak Brook, made a desperate speech on his own behalf Monday, but was still sentenced to 10 years in prison for bilking consumers with his infomercials.

The infomercial king Kevin Trudeau has been in prison since November for hiding his assets from federal investigators. If he had come clean, he could have been released. However, not anymore.

On Monday, Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced the weight-loss-guru to ten years in prison, after a dramatic hearing where one of Trudeau's many supporters, former congressman Ed Foreman from Dallas, was hauled out of the courtroom for disrupting the proceedings.

Ruth David had come all the way from Texas to support Trudeau.

"KT takes full responsibility for everything he did, and he's human, like the rest of us," said David.

A jury had found Trudeau's infomercials duped consumers into buying his books, helping him pocket 37-million dollars. Trudeau pleaded for mercy, saying his first night in prison turned him around.

"I had to open my eyes and my heart and confront reality and the truth. I will come out of prison a new and better person," said Trudeau. However, Judge Guzman responded, "He is deceitful to the very core."

Federal guidelines called for a much longer sentence.

"We're grateful that the judge departed 50% on the applicable guideline range…the applicable guideline range was a floor of approximately 20 years in prison," said Defense Attorney Thomas Kirsch.

Trudeau seemed fairly upbeat after hearing his sentence. He smiled, gave each of his attorneys a pat on the back, then turned to his supporters and blew them a kiss; before deputies led him away.

In a letter filed in federal court, Trudeau wrote that he takes "100 percent responsibility" for his actions and has learned "the lesson of a lifetime."

"I apologize to you personally, Judge Gettleman, to Judge Guzman, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the U.S. Attorney's office and all involved, as well as anyone who bought the book who was not happy with it. I simply, and humbly, ask for forgiveness, compassion, and mercy."

Trudeau claimed in the letter that he is broke, though the FTC had introduced evidence in court that he hid his wealth overseas.

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