Siegelman Talks About Final Weeks Of Freedom

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman visited Huntsville on Friday and spoke with WHNT News 19 about his prison sentence and his final weeks of freedom.

Earlier this month, Siegelman lost his appeal and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.  He was ordered to report by September 11, 2012.

We spoke with him about that day, which is just over three weeks away.

"Well frankly, it's not something I like thinking about," Siegelman said.  "That's the day I will leave my family, the day I will not be able to see my children anymore."

Siegelman, now a convicted felon, has lost his law license and his right to vote.  He hasn't lost hope, though.  He has one shot left to stay a free man, but it's a long one.  

The former Alabama Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor is calling on the people of the state he has served most of his life.

"For the people who care about justice, who care about fairness, to go online and sign my petition," said Siegelman.  "Write the president a letter asking him to let me out of prison."

We asked him how often that happens.

"About one in every 7,000," he replied. "It's not often."

With 25 days left of freedom, the clock is ticking.

"It's my only hope, so I have to hang onto that," he said.