NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) - A former government official hailed for helping two people escape the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of taking payoffs related to the cleanup.
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Mark Jakubek was sentenced Friday to one to three years behind bars. A judge let him stay free to ask an appeals court to grant him bail while a planned appeal plays out.
The former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official could have faced as much as 25 years behind bars.
He previously spent about a year in prison. In that case, he admitted taking kickbacks to hasten payments to contractors whose bills got lost in the attacks.
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