12/07/2011 at 02:00 PM EST
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of 18 corruption charges
, including attempting to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate after a seat was left open by the election of President Barack Obama.
Blagojevich pled for leniency on Wednesday and acknowledged his guilt, saying, "I am unbelievably sorry," according to a Chicago Sun-Times report
U.S. District Judge James Zagel gave credit to the disgraced politician – and former reality star
, who appeared on Celebrity Apprentice
and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here
– for his apology, saying in court, "I believe he did, in fact, accept [responsibility]."
Blagojevich, 54, will have to surrender on Feb. 15. According to federal sentencing laws, at minimum he will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, or just under 12 years in prison.