Judge cuts Abramoff's Fla. sentence by a third

MIAMI (AP) -- A judge has reduced former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Florida prison sentence because of extensive cooperation with authorities.

A Miami federal judge agreed Wednesday to reduce Abramoff's prison term from almost six years to just under four years. Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud in the 2000 purchase of a SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.

The sentence reduction is reward for Abramoff's cooperation in the Florida case and a Washington corruption investigation that has resulted in the indictment of a dozen people.

A judge in Washington last week sentenced Abramoff to four years in the corruption case. The two sentences will run simultaneously. Abramoff has already spent two years in prison in the Florida case.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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