Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year sentence for corruption Thursday at a federal prison in Colorado.
He was convicted last June of trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat in 2008, and found guilty of 17 other criminal counts.
Blagojevich took advantage of his last moment in the spotlight, gathering the press for a goodbye speech outside his home.
"I am responsible for the things that I said. I accept that decision as hard as it is, and the law as it stands right now, is that I have to go do, what I have to go do," the 55-year-old Democrat told reporters Thursday.
"And this is the hardest thing that I've ever had to do," he added.
Blagojevich is the second Illinois governor in a row to be sent to prison for corruption. Former state Gov. George Ryan is now serving a six-year sentence on federal corruption charges.