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Blagojevich to serve sentence at Colorado prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, and his wife Patti, talk with reporters at the Federal Court building after the judge handed the case to the jury in his corruption trial Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Rod Blagojevich will be spending his time behind bars in a Littleton, Colorado facility as he had asked — something one of his lawyers said the family had hoped to keep private.

Carolyn Gurland, who had a hand in handling the ex-governor’s sentencing, said Wednesday that Blagojevich and his family were focused on his transition to prison.

“He and his family want some privacy during this time,” Gurland said. “The govenor’s focus is going to be that there is a smooth transition and hopes there’s some respect for his privacy.”

“Mr. Blagojevich, (the U.S. Probation Department) and the defense team were extraordinarily cautious that this information did not become public and we’re very disappointed that it did,” she said.

Blagojevich was sentenced in December to 14 years in prison.

Gurland added that Blagojevich’s family is not expected to make the move out West.

However, there are frequent, direct flights to Denver from O’Hare Airport.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel recommended Blagojevich spend his time behind bars in Colorado, at the defense’s request.