One of the things former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been doing to occupy his time during his 14-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood has been to start a band … called the Jailhouse Rockers.
That’s a according to NBC Chicago, which obtained a sentencing memorandum Blagojevich’s legal team filed late Monday night.
Before you get too excited, NBC Chicago reports the Jailhouse Rockers have disbanded because one of its members – identified as Ernie B – was released.
Apparently Blagojevich is a big Elvis fan (which is where the name comes from), and he’s been learning how to sing and play guitar with help from Ernie B.
The Jailhouse Rockers played at a GED graduation ceremony in June 2013, and also on the Fourth of July.
It’s worth noting that disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is also in FCI Englewood.
Information about the Jailhouse Rockers surfaced in memos after Blagojevich’s defense team asked a judge to dramatically reduce his sentence to five years. It cited his model prison behavior as a key reason.
This comes after an appeals court struck five of Blagojevich’s convictions last year.
Prosecutors say “nothing in the dismissal of five counts undermines the need for a very significant sentence.”
If this is the case, Blagojevich has plenty of time to get the band back together.
He can’t be released until early 2024 at the earliest under his current sentence.
Blagojevich has a resentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 9.
The disgraced former governor has been in FCI Englewood since March 15, 2012. He is serving time for a variety of corruption charges – including soliciting bribes for Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat after he was elected president in 2008.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.