Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, a onetime aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday, July 4, 2014, for participating in a conspiracy to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.
Three other former journalists at the tabloid and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire all received shorter sentences.
Coulson was convicted last week after an eight-month trial stemming from revelations of illegal eavesdropping on mobile-phone voicemails by staff of the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper.
Another former editor, Rebekah Brooks, and four others were acquitted. (AP)