A Scranton judge who was found guilty of taking $1 million in bribes to send kids to juvenile facilities was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison on Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Former Luzerne County juvenile judge Ciavarella, Jr. consistently denied he was guilty of accepting money to send kids to PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care detention centers in Butler County.
His attorneys requested a "reasonable" sentence for him after he was found guilty back in February.
"The media attention to this matter has exceeded coverage given to many and almost all capital murders, and despite protestation, he will forever be unjustly branded as the 'Kids for Cash' judge," their sentencing memo said.
Prosecutors and the sentencing judge, Edwin Kosik, however, disagreed. Prosecutors argued that Ciavarella deserved to be sentenced "for the rest of his natural life."
Maybe now the kids he jailed can move on with theirs.