New sentencing hearing for ex-Ala. gov

BOB JOHNSON
FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 2, 2011, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman talks with reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. Siegelman is headed back to federal court Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, for a new sentencing hearing for his conviction on bribery and other charges. Judge Mark Fuller will decide Siegelman’s new sentence in Montgomery and could order him to immediately return to federal prison after more than four years of freedom. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's adult daughter says life has been hard since her father was convicted of bribery and spent some time in prison.

Her testimony Friday came during a hearing in Montgomery where a federal judge will decide whether the 66-year-old Siegelman returns to prison.

Dana Siegelman says her father is a wonderful man and was devastated he had let down his family.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Siegelman's sentence would not be longer than the seven years and four months he originally received.

Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. Prosecutors say they arranged $500,000 in contributions to the Democrat's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.