Lyn Nofziger, a longtime associate of President Reagan, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in prison and fined $30,000 for illegally lobbying the White House.
U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Flannery allowed Nofziger, the former White House political director, to remain free pending appeal of three felony convictions of violating the Ethics in Government Act."I thought things were going to go better than they went," said Nofziger, 63.
But "in my heart of hearts, I don't believe I'm going to serve time because I don't believe a prison sentence is justified even if I were guilty. And I repeat that I am not guilty," he said.
Reagan and his wife, Nancy, issued a statement from their vacation home in California: "Lyn Nofziger is a dear friend of many years, and our prayers are with him."
Addressing the judge before he was sentenced, Nofziger said he wanted to "iterate my belief that, despite my conviction, I have done nothing ethically, morally or legally wrong."
"I am an honorable man," Nofziger told Flannery. "Like other honorable people, I have gone through life making mistakes, doing stupid things. I doubt that there is a person in this room who hasn't. But I am not a criminal, and I think the record of my life will bear out that statement."
Nofziger was convicted Feb. 11 of three counts of illegally lobbying then-presidential counselor Edwin Meese III and other White House aides on behalf of the scandal-ridden Wedtech Corp.